We are very excited to celebrate fair trade month! Not sure what fair trade means? Let us break it down for you…What does fair trade mean? When something is Fair Trade Certified, it protects the environments,through helping farmers and workers to practice sustainable farming,remove dangerous chemical and preserve their land. This is very important when it comes to tea, as you don’t want to be ingesting those harsh chemicals without knowing. Fair Trade gives you the confidence to trust the tea company and the tea farmers, and also reminds you that your tea is socially sustainable as well as environmentally sustainable. The social sustainability goes towards empowering families to keep their children in school,and enables these people with access to health care, and representation. If you want to learn more about Fair Trade Practices and tea, check out Jim at Shui Tea‘s blog post “Soulja Boy Teaches Fair Trade” to go more in-depth! What can you do as a consumer? If you are unsure whether the tea you are buying is fair trade, or sustainably farmed, contact the company and ask, most companies are more than happy to have a customer relationship with you and will answer promptly!
Why Arbor Teas? Their tea catalog of nearly 100 teas are all completely certified organic by the USDA. Roughly two-thirds of those 100 teas are also Fair Trade Certified! “Sustainability is a major focus of our business. We recently became the first (and only) tea company to offer our whole selection of teas in 100% backyard compostable packaging. We’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of our products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers.”(Arborteas.com)
Brand: Arbor Teas Organic Makaibari Oolong Tea
Tea Rating: 85/100
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 195 Degrees
Price: 2.5 oz. for $7.95 ~ 7 oz. for #13.95
This is an oolong tea from the Makaibari Estate in Darjeeling, India. The Makaibari Estate is the oldest estate in Darjeeling, and was established in 1859. The dry leaves are pretty, and have some dark green, brown and silver tips visible.The dry leaf has a sweet floral scent, that pairs with a vegetal, more nutty scent that reminds me of peanut butter. The steeped tea smells lightly like nectarines and lemons, but overall has that traditional black tea scent. Upon first sip, this tea is crisp, and delicious. The flavor profile is slightly astringent, and makes my mouth pucker a bit, but overall has a clean and light flavor. After swallowing, there is a lingering citrus and floral note, which reminds me of the scent in the beginning. I really enjoyed this tea, I have never really had many darjeelings, since when I first started dappling with loose leaf tea a few years ago, I had a bad experience with darjeeling, but I think that was my own fault of not knowing what I was doing. This tea has made me want to try more and more darjeelings!
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