This Fair Trade Certified organic white tea is biodynamically farmed at the Makaibari estate in India's Darjeeling district. Established in 1859, Markaibari is the oldest estate in Darjeeling, where a strong commitment to sustainable farming prevails. This organic tea consists of leaves of various shades of green and brown, with silver and beige downy buds. They produce a light, golden-amber infusion, with an inviting character. By far the richest and earthiest of our white teas, the aroma and cup of this tea is true to its Darjeeling origin with notes of citrus and muscatel layered over a slight sweetness.
Ingredients: organic Indian white tea
Serving Size: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: There is something a bit spicy in this tea that reminds me of a white version of a Chinese Keemun.
Jeremy Says: There are a lot of pleasant surprises in this distinctive white tea!
Posted by Rene on 25th Jan 2015
What a lovely white tea, heartwarming in cold nights, outstanding white tea with a slight touch of earthyness and ... sweet. Those leaves expand beautifully in my tea maker.
Posted by Ellen on 5th Jan 2015
This is my first experience with quality, loose tea. I found it after researching the tea Sophie Okonedo was drinking in 'The Escape Artist.' (Apparently this isn't it, exactly, but related.) I don't like my tea very strong, but this at first seemed too mild even for me. Over the course of a few days and a half-dozen or more cups, though, I've come to really appreciate its delicate taste. Never in my life have I drunk unsweetened tea, but this has a slight sweetness of its own, and when I tried half a pack of Splenda just to see what would happen, it killed the taste completely; it was like drinking hot water. I've gotten as many as four cups from one infuser-full (~2 tsp) and they all taste the same to me, not weaker or stronger or more bitter as the leaves get used more (am I outing myself as someone with callous tastebuds?), so I'm not put off by the price -- my sample bag is only half gone, but I'll be ordering the bulk size next time for sure. Thanks, Arbor Teas!
Posted by Robin K. on 26th Dec 2014
I usually drink green tea but decided to order samples of some different whites. This tea has a very nice taste, -slightly floral and a little peppery, which is somewhat reminiscent of bergamot. There is a subtle sweetness as well. This is the first white I have tried, and I'm hoping the other varieties are just as delicious.
Posted by Yen-Wen, C. on 3rd Mar 2014
This is the first time I try white tea. It's hard to believe the wonderful taste coming out of tea leaves without flowers. Oh so beautiful and smooth! What a soothing cup of tea!
The complex flavor makes every sip pleasant and interesting. It's an experience that makes our curiousity smile and ask for more...
Posted by Jason Sheets on 12th Dec 2012
I'm a coffee drinker and up until now I haven't found a lighter tea that I really looked forward to waking up and having! This is my favorite White tea, if not my favorite over all! So be like me and let the best part of your waking up, be Makaibari Estate Silver Tips in your cup!!
Posted by John of Troy on 17th Jan 2012
I bought the sample size of this tea, but find myself wishing I purchased more. This is a delicate tea, perfect when you don't want the burliness of a black tea. It has hints of earthiness with floral undertones.
This tea is the perfect company for a chilly night and a good book.
Posted by Bill Edwards on 21st Dec 2007
Makaibari estate silver tips leaves are an interesting mix of white and dark green. In our house it edged out White Velvet for it's slightly heartier flavor. To say it has a 'delicate earthiness" sounds like a contradiction but hints at the wonderful complexity of this tea.
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.
Quantity of tea: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: : use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 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!
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.