Makaibari Tea Estate – The Tea Garden
Makaibari Tea Garden, from where our Makaibari Autmn Vintage Black Tea comes, is located in the northeast Indian highland of Darjeeling. In operation since 1859, it belongs to the oldest tea estates of Darjeeling. Translated, “Makaibari” means as much as “corn field”, a symbol for fertility and life itself.
The Makaibari tea estate is a pioneer in modern, innovative agricultural management. The philosophy underlying the venture traditionally unites approaches that are by no means common for tea gardens in Darjeeling. Rajah Banerjee, during his time as the 4th generation manager of Makkaibari tea estate, has widely expanded this apporach. So, in 1971, he started off introducing a ‘permaculture’-based system. And since 1991, all production at Makaibari is 100% in line with Rudolph Steiner’s principles of sustainable, organic and biodynamic agriculture. Mr. Banerjee himself lives in the tea garden, which he operates like a genuine family venture. From his residence, he supervises the high quality standards, for which Makaibari has earned a name and reputation both in the industry and among tea lovers worldwide.
Makaibari Tea Estate – Social & Environment
Among the tea garden’s and its operator’s merits is the social and economic integration of the 7 ethnically diverse Makkaibari villages surrounding the estate. Rudolph Steiner’s biodynamic method has yielded rich and fertile soils, today providing the grounds for a healthy community thriving on it. At this, goal of the combination of biodynamic practices and permaculture is the harmonical symbiotic coexistence of soils, microorganisms, plants and man.
In this backdrop, Makaibari employs a system of integrated forestry management. As a result, 70% of the total acrage of Makaibari Tea Estate is forested. The permacultural practice makes the tea bushes part of of a mulitlayered subtropical habitat of the most diverse trees and plants. In addition, a biotope has been created, where a broad variety of animal species has found a place to dwell. Among these are panthers, tigers, birds, butterflies, snakesa and spiders, just to name a few. Benefactors of Makaibari’s departure from conventional monoculture are both the product and the environment – and thereby ultimately us.
Makaibari Tea – Makaibari Autumn Vintage
The autumn flushes, also called “autumnals”, today ever mor often are referred to as the “lost treasure of Darjeeling”. But, actually, why “lost”? Well, if it comes to tea from Darjeeling (or Assam, for that matter), it used to be all about first and second Flushes, i.e. the teas from the first and second spring harvest seasons. Later summer pickings, on the other hand – and even more the autumn flushes – used to wear a perceived labeling of low quality. Especially those “autumnals”, however, do not deserve this reputation in any way. Who doesn’t know this, hasn’t tried! And our Makaibari Autumn Vintage 2016 has all it takes to convince any friend of black teas of the contrary.
It might not sound all too promising, when it’s said that the plants are exhausted, “tired” in autumn. But exactly this is wherein the autumnals’ unique potential and appeal lies. A veil of sweet mildness enwraps the teas of the autumn pickings like a pastel-amber-colored robe. New facettes come to surface, so far in the year overlayered by the sharper spices of spring and summer. Below are earth, wood and a natural sweetness carried by pronounced roast notes. Just a litte bit after your first sip, all that remains is that sweetness virtually conquering every square meter of newly gained space.
Autumnals at Siam Tea Shop
As of 2016, the autumn flushes – with the Makaibari Autumn Vintage being a strong establishment among them – have become a permanent institution with us. And this not only in the shop, but also – and in particular – in our cups. As unbelievable this might sound, these teas ARE a reason to look forward to autumn! That is to say the multifacetted gentleness and the comparably low caffeine content of the autumnals really get the very best out of long autumn and winter nights. From the pickings of altogether 12 Estates in Assam und Darjeeling, we have selected the most convincing Autumn Flushes 2016. And believe me, this has been a hard choice indeed! Let now me convince you, and try our autumnals now!
Pour water of a temperature of 90°C-100°C over 4g Makaibari Autumn Vintage and let infuse for 3 minutes. A just as wonderful second infusion is produced in another 5 minutes go of the leaf material.
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