Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020

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Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020 is the premium selection of the most recent summer picking at Makaibari Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India. Full-bodied, with round and soft mouthfeel and without and bitterness or astringency even with extended infusion periods. sun-drenched sweetness, a malty base character and light muscatel notes merge with the terroir’s characteristic earthy-mineral compounds to create an overall picture that is both complex and harmonious.

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 Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2021

Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020

Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020 is the premium selection of the most recent summer picking at Makaibari Darjeeling tea estate, northeast India. Just like the estate’s “Autumnal”, also its second flush is  characterized by a round, soft mouthfeel with overwhelming full-bodiedness. At this, the tea won’t develop any bitterness and/or astringency even with prolonged brewing periods. Instead, sun-drenched sweetness, a malty base character and light muscatel notes merge with the terroir’s characteristic earthy-mineral compounds to create an overall picture that is both complex and harmonious. As with other Makaibari teas, it is as if you could literally taste the natural, biodynamic cultivation of the tea garden.

A specialty of this tea is the processing as an oolong tea in the upper third of the oxidation spectrum. In other words, unlike traditional black tea processing, the tea does not oxidize completely. Instead, the enzymatic oxidation processes in the tea leaf are interrupted by heating shortly before reaching this point. This results in a taste and appearance that differs slightly from the classic black tea. On the one hand, this seems to take the sometimes crude edge of the typical Darjeeling second flush tea. On the other hand, it helps the complex taste profile to improved sensual accessibility. The special processing is also responsible for the slightly unusual appearance of the Maikaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020. That is, the high share of white tips and the leaves covering a wide spectrum of green, yellow and brown colors makes this tea pure eye candy in visual terms, too.

Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2021

Preparation

First, poor water of 90-100° temperature over 2-3g Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020 per 100ml. Then let infuse for 3-5 minutes for a delicious first brew. After that, a nearly as tasty second infusion emerges after another 5 minutes infusion of the leaf material.

Makaibari Tea Estate – The Tea Garden

Makaibari Tea Garden, from where our Oolong Second Flush 2020 comes, is located in the northeast Indian highland of Darjeeling. In operation since 1859, it’s one of the oldest tea estates in Darjeeling. Translated, “Makaibari” means as much as “corn field”, a symbol for fertility and life itself.

Makaibari Tea Estate, Darjeeling, northeast India

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 Makaibari tea estate, has widely expanded this approach. 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, health and environment-friendly biodynamic agriculture. Accordingly, the estate eventually also achieved Demeter certification under Mr. Banerjee’s reign. Mr. Banerjee himself used to live in the tea garden, operating the same like a genuine family venture. From his residence, he used to supervise the high quality standards, for which Makaibari has earned a name and reputation.

Swaraj Kumar Banerjee, Makaibari Darjeeling Tea Estate

Unfortunately, spring 2018 has seen Mr. Banerjee announcing his retirement from the management of Makaibari tea garden. At that occasion, in a both unprecedented and exemplary move, Mr. Banerjee transferred a significant part of his stake in Makaibari tea estate to the garden’s workers. Just another representation of Mr. Banerjee’s human greatness and social attitude. However, the uncompromising quality of Makaibari teas has since been proving that the new management continues to run the tea garden in the spirit of its former operator. The Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020 offered here is a prime example of this. .

Makaibari Tea Estate – Social & Environment

Among the tea garden’s merits is the social and economic integration of the 7 ethnically diverse Makaibari villages surrounding the estate. Rudolph Steiner’s biodynamic method has yielded rich and fertile soils, 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.

Makaibari Tea Estate, Darjeeling, northeast India

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 permaculture 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 Estate, Darjeeling, northeast India

Tea from India at Siam Tea Shop

The sustainable trend to more quality with tea on the western market increasingly bears sweet fruit in India, too. Year after year, the mayor tea estates in Darjeeling and Assam compete for each season’s best “First Flush“, “Second Flush” or “Autumnal”. However, not only quality comes from India at new levels today, but also completely new diversity of India’s tea portfolio. Black tea, for example, the classic of Indian teas, suddenly comes around in the most diverse appearances. The spectrum reaches from the modern, flowery first flush to full-bodied, dark roast second flushes to earthy and malty “autumnals”. And our Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2020 is one example for a rather dark roast Darjeeling second flush tea.

The Indian Second Flush Season

Most of us might know the term “second flush” only from India. However, this doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be any “second flushes” – summer pickings – in other tea regions, too. Though the spring picking generally enjoys the highest prestige among tea lovers for most types of tea, summer pickings do have their own favorable features. This applies in particular to India, where in summer the flowery notes of the spring picking give way to ever deeper sweetness. To support and highlight this sweetness at its best, Darjeeling tea gardens generally process their second flushes to classic black tea. As a result, most friends of Darjeeling tea will have a place for both in their hearts – and in their cupboards. And there are even tea lovers, who prefer the sweet dark roast of a black second flush from the floweriness of the first flushes!

Makaibari Oolong Second Flush 2021

And here’s to more second flush teas from Darjeeling at Siam Tea Shop:

Darjeeling Second Flush Teas @ Siam Tea Shop

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