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Organic Makaibari Estate Oolong Tea

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$13.95

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This Fair Trade Certified organic oolong tea represents a departure from our other oolong offerings. Biodynamically farmed at the Makaibari estate in India's Darjeeling district, this organic loose leaf tea exhibits many of the same qualities as the black teas this region is known for. The medium- to dark-green leaves and sliver buds of this oolong produce a light amber infusion with a punchy astringency that diminishes quickly. This organic Indian tea also exhibits slight lemony, vegetal and earthy qualities akin to other Darjeeling teas, while maintaining a classic oolong finish. Established in 1859, Markaibari is the oldest estate in Darjeeling, where a strong commitment to sustainable farming prevails.


Organic Makaibari Estate Oolong Tea

Ingredients: organic Indian oolong tea



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Serving Size: one generous teaspoon (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water




Staff Perspectives

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Aubrey Says: One of very few Fair Trade Certified oolongs available on the market.




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Jeremy Says: An oolong made for Darjeeling lovers!





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  1. the oolong and short of it

    Posted by Robert on 2nd Mar 2014

    I am a green tea man and this is not my cup of tea. It seems like this tea would go well with something else. Not that great by itself. I have never tried oolong tea before, so I have no business reviewing this tea, and that is the oolong and short of it.



  2. three pressings of oolong

    Posted by Dimitra on 2nd Mar 2014

    I am primarily a green tea fan, and think that this oolong is worth trying if you are looking for a tea with the flavor of a Darjeeling black tea, but milder. It stood alone beautifully, without the addition of cream or milk (which I find necessary for black teas). First pressing was not a satisfying morning cup of tea for me (compared with Sencha or Kukicha). It seemed like it would pair well with something like a scone, which I was inspired to make later in the day! Second pressing, as printed, had a richer flavor, somewhat nutty and went well in the early afternoon with a square of dark chocolate. Third pressing still had a nice flavor and went great with a scone! I also tried some cold mixed with some of the chilled Tisane herbal tea, and think they would go well together for a nice summer iced tea. I have not had many other oolongs, so don't have much to compare it to. Much stronger flavor than few others that I have tried.



  3. Could this be Darjeeling?

    Posted by Joe P., Philadelphia on 31st Aug 2012

    This oolong is very much like a darjeeling (black tea) first flush. It is not as complex as chinese oolongs. If I were in a blind taste test, I would say this is a darjeeling not an oolong, a quite good darjeeling but not quite as good oolong.



  4. Great go-to everyday tea...

    Posted by Lukasz on 6th Dec 2011

    I purposely waited 9+ months to review this tea in order to provide a true assessment of it. I ordered this tea in bulk and stored it inside the large air tight metal containers sold here.

    Just to throw it out there, the picture of this oolong tea is different than what I had purchased months ago. My tea had a lot more green in it. With that said, this is an amazing tea. It quickly became my go-to tea for everyday consumption. It is well balanced with a great earthy aroma and bitterness is low. Not too weak, not too strong, and multiple infusions don’t get too dull. I highly recommend it.



  5. A beautiful tea!

    Posted by Bill Edwards on 12th Nov 2007

    This tea is delicious and beautiful. It may be my favorite color of tea. This is a great tea to tempt traditional black tea drinkers toward the green side. I am still a "green man" but this tea will get me to give the blacks a try!









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We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.

There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.

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Quantity of tea: one generous teaspoon (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water




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Water temperature: use water that has been heated until the first bubbles begin to rise from the bottom of the pot (195° F)




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Steeping time: 4-7 minutes




Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.

Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.

Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!


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There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.