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First flush black tea, with green tea overnotes, record on low caffein content and high antioxidant! March 21st: at Equinoxe spring starts! Thanks the first showers after 5 months of winter dormancy, we have less than one month to harvest the finest fresh leaves, which give us the light peachy flavored exclusive first tea of Makaibari, produced only in small quantity.
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Our Oolong of Darjeeling, the Thunderbolt Land, is a mild semi-fermented tea, between a black and a green, produced only in small quantities for Oolong lovers. Manufacturing requires a special technique, which happens through repeated foot rolling in cheese clothes during 15 hours of withering.
Makaibari is the world's first tea factory and was established in 1859. All farmers are artists. Their palette is the earth, where they create their paintings with various seeds and animals, to produce food that sustains mankind. An enormous responsibility that needs unequivocal support from all. Rudolph Steiner's biodynamic method has evolved an uniquely healthy soil, that houses a healthy society. The goal of biodynamic practices coupled with permaculture, to usher harmony between soil, microorganisms, plants, animals and man, is a simple magical experience which could be replicated as a model in many places.
Harmonious interactions at all stages have created a bio trope for many species of animals to thrive here, including endangered panthers, tigers, birds, butterflies, snakes, spiders and many others, feeding off of each other as part of the natural food chain. Makaibari follows a form of integrated forest management utilizing permaculture where the tea bush is part of a multi-tier system of trees and plants typical of a sub-tropical rainforest, as opposed to a monocultural farm that grows only one crop. Makaibari retains 70% of its entire area under forest cover. All of these could be experienced through our village Homestay and volunteer work and internships.
The Prime MInister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, presented to H.H. the Queen our Silver Tips Imperial, the most awarded organic Darjeeling tea in the world, of our Tea Treasures collection.
This unique patented creation, harvested only during full moons in small quantity by our Tea Garden, is a handmade semi-fermented light liquoring Oolong Tea, resulting from our biodynamic practice in connection with the rhythms of sun, moon, constellations and cosmic creative forces.