REVIEW: Tea People – Makaibari First Flush Vintage SFTGFOP1

Tea People - Makaibari First Flush Vintage SFTGFOP1

Tea: Darjeeling tea from the Makaibari tea estate
Sample provided by: Tea People
Retail price: 50 gram pouch for £8.95 / 125 gram tin for £19.95
Link to Makaibari Darjeeling on Tea People website

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf has a light, inviting muscatel aroma
– The leaves are more broken than I’ve seen in most first flush Darjeelings, but it is well sorted so there are not any overly broken bits

Brewed tea:
– It cups out a beautiful golden liquor. It is darker than many first flushes
– Like the dry leaf, the aroma of the liquor is light but inviting
– The first infusion produces a cup that has great complexity. It is smooth, and the flavour is floral and sweet. The second infusion produces a cup that has dominate muscatel notes
– The liquor has low astringency

My conclusions/tips:
– I was very pleased by the change in cup characteristic from the first to the second infusion. It shows great complexitity in the tea, and makes it a great drinking experience
– Steep the tea two and a half to three minutes, and get at least two, if not three, infusions out of the tea

Score:
4.4/5

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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