Cocktail Crate founder Alex Abbott Boyd at Makaibari Estate
Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, Makaibari Estate was the first organic and biodynamic tea garden in Darjeeling, India. It was also the place where Cocktail Crate founder Alex Abbott Boyd first came to truly understand and appreciate the value of small scale organic farming.
“Driving to Makaibari, I passed dozens of tea gardens that were filled with tea plants and nothing else, pure pesticide fuelled mono-culture farming. Makaibari was a different world, teeming with life. Mixed in with the tea plants were trees, birds, bugs, and, people told me, even a tiger. The teas I tasted were the freshest, most delicious I’d ever had. I was immediately hooked and am so excited we can use Makaibari tea in our mixers”