Reviews

Happy Earth Tea Sungma 1st Flush Darjeeling 2014

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

The 1st Flush odyssey continues with a SFTGFOP1 from Sungma Estate. This garden has some of the highest elevations in Darjeeling. The leaves were a bit darker and more wiry than the selection from Puttabong estate that I reviewed yesterday. Oddly enough the taste was actually a bit lighter. There were notes of honey and fruit with a lingering sweetness. It was somewhat reminiscent of citrus but not exactly. The finish was bright and clean without being astringent or overly tart. This type of Darjeeling is closer to a green tea so I would say that milk is a no-no. Sweeteners might be ok but please give the tea a try on its own first. Once again, I am so glad that +Happy Earth Tea was able to source so many teas that are organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified.

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

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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.