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Happy Earth Tea Singbulli Organic Darjeeling, Second Flush 2013

Photo: Happy Earth Tea

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat twisted with scattered golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: bright reddish brown

When the cool weather starts to arrive I get some serious cravings for second flush Darjeeling. +Happy Earth Tea is one of my go to sources so I grabbed this tea from the Singbulli Estate when the mood struck. The steeped tea had a beautiful bright coppery red color. It doesn’t affect the taste but I always enjoy when a tea is pretty to look at. On my first sip I was immediately able to see why this tea is called “vintage musk”. There was a heavy yet earthy floral element that lingered in my palate. Underneath the flower power was alternating notes of muscatel and malt. The finish was naturally sweet and had a pleasant peppery kick. Just the right amount of astringency added a refreshing briskness. Overall this brew was wonderfully complex and full bodied. I definitely see myself reaching for it again as fall rolls onward into the chill of winter. Darjeeling is my comfort tea and this one is a perfect example of that. This is the fourth selection that I’ve reviewed from this company and I have been very impressed with them all so far.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.