Thursday, May 15, 2014

Happy Earth Tea Singbulli 1st Flush Darjeeling 2014

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, varied shades of green and brown
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: bone china teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: gold

The leaves of this SFTGFOP1 from Singbulli estate were slightly larger than the other selections in this batch of samples. Its taste was mellow, sweet and floral. Hints of citrus added a bit of refreshing crispness. Although this type of tea is usually prepared in a western fashion, they often perform quite well when using a gaiwan. For some reason the mood struck to gongfu this one and I'm glad that I did. With a 30 second steep it really came to life. The taste was somewhat bolder and complex, especially on the second infusion. The sweetly floral aroma lingered in my palate for some time after each sip. Last year's 1st Flush from this estate was a little more my taste but this was still a very enjoyable cup. Yet again, another great offering from +Happy Earth Tea that is organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified.

Singbulli 1st Flush Darjeeling sample provided by Happy Earth Tea.