REVIEW: The Tea Experience – Darjeeling First Flush FTGFOP1 Makaibari Estate

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Tea: First flush Darjeeling tea from the Makaibari Estate
Sample provided by: The Tea Experience
Twitter: @tea_experience
Facebook: The Tea Experience
Link to Darjeeling First Flush Makaibari Estate

I really enjoy hearing from new tea shops and reviewing some of their tea. Today, I’m trying a first flush Darjeeling from The Tea Experience, an online tea shop located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The Tea Experience not only stocks a variety of teas, but they carry teaware and accessories.

This review is also well timed since Makaibari tea has recently made a big media splash. A silver tips Makaibari recently became the most expensive Indian tea ever sold

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of medium-sized leaves that range in colour from black to brown to light green

– It has a bright, floral aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a golden liquor that has a floral aroma

– It is a light to medium-bodied tea that has very little astringency. The liquor has a muscatel flavour with floral and lemony undertones. It is a bright cup of tea

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse this tea with 90 to 95C water for two to three minutes. You will get two to three infusions. Drink without milk

– I make no secret of my love for first flush Darjeelings. One thing that really attracts me to first flushes is how much they can vary in flavour. Unlike many first flushes that might best be described as crispy and dry, this Darjeeling from The Tea Experience is more bright and smooth. It has a floral and lemony edge that leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Some first flushes leave a dry mouthfeel, but not this one

– This tea is great value for money (see prices below). It tastes special, and its excellent pricing means that it could be a wonderful everyday tea

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 50 grams for £4.95 / 100 grams for £8.50 / 250 grams for £19.00

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About teaxplorer

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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