Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happy Earth Tea Singbulli 1st Flush 2013

Photo: Happy Earth Tea
Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: mottled brown with hints of green
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: deep gold

This tea was everything that I love about 1st flush Darjeeling. The taste was smooth, sweet and complex. It had the muscatel flavor that I might expect but it came through as more of a fruity sweetness. There was also a mild grassiness with floral notes in the background. A pleasant astringency added just enough briskness. The finish was clean and somewhat dry. No milk or sugar would be necessary for this one at all, in fact they would more than likely ruin it. I always appreciate it when a tea is organically sourced. The Singbulli Tea Estate is also in the process of applying for Fair Trade certification. This is the first tea that I've tried from +Happy Earth Tea but definitely be looking forward to trying more of their offerings. I liked this tea so much that I think I'll go steep a second cup.

You can find out more about this tea here.