Friday, September 4, 2009

2009 Makaibari Green Delight Organic, 2nd flush, Darjeeling Green Tea

This sample is the last of three from Makaibari (Thanks again to Mr. Lochan for sending the samples). Another creative experiment from Makaibari, this one is a green tea and its leaves look quite interesting. They emit lighter, fresher, less bogged down scent that has less deep tones than the Imperial and less muscatel tones than the Standard. Light, airy but still very Makaibari.

These leaves are guided into a pot, warm water is poured onto these leaves, pause.

The liquid that streams out into the serving pot is not the healthy brownish delight that one would expect from Darjeeling nor is it a vibrant green as the name suggests. It is what it is. It is a cloudy yellow.

It streams from pot, to cup, to mouth. From it comes juicy light pear with sneaky caramel undertones that finish into a pondy-vegital faint raisin spice that drys the tongue and lingers on the breath.

Another infusion invites a dryness into these pondy-vegital depths. The juicy pear is still there as is the semblances of earthy raisin.

When more and more water is passed through these leaves, the mouthfeel rounds out and feels complete and full. The pear tones become more bland and less juicy becoming more enmeshed with dryness and subtle muscatel.

In the end the pear flavour thins into vegital sweetness under a blanket of consummate dryness.

The qi that is left behind is the kicky, darting hong cha variety, perhaps only a touch lighter than that of a black tea.

This tea's torn leaves, yellowish colour, and light kicking/darting chaqi suggest that this tea underwent more oxidization than most green tea during production. This is more of a 'black' green tea, similar to some other Southeastern Asian green teas.

It is enjoyable enough, interesting enough, Makaibari enough.

It is what it is.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like hearing about the Qi of this green tea made by experts in Hong Cha production. Good to know it's much like the spiritual feel of those black teas but just a little lighter. --Teaternity