Review: Thunderbolt Tea Singbulli Muscatel (2011 Second Flush)

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I tore open the bag and was greeted by a pastiche of browns, golds, and partial-greens. It looked like a second flush alright, and the muscatel aroma was in full effect. Spice wasn’t as strong on the nose as, say, with a first flush, but it was pleasant to whiff. The experience was a pleasant contrast to the muted aroma from another Singbulli I had the day prior.

The typical approach would’ve been to use water just off a boil, 1 tsp. per 8oz. of water, steeped for two-to-three minutes. I went with a PINT of water, 2 tsps. and a full three-minute infusion. It was morning. I was tired. I needed a pick me. Granted…most people don’t turn to a Darjeeling for a morning cuppa.

(Funny occurrence: I actually had difficulty fishing out the do-it-yourself teabag filled with tea leaves. They sank to the bottom of the pint glass, and I had to use a matcha chashaku – bamboo spoon – to fish ‘em out. Tea snob FAIL.)

The liquor brewed darker than I expected – a very bold and deep amber. The aroma was all Darj with very little detraction. It was straight-up musk as the name indicates. As for taste, this was extremely pleasant. There was a bit of a bitter bite on the front – which I’m starting to think is a Singbulli trait – but it gentled very nicely to a smooth, winy note that lingered long past the sip. Quintessentially Darjeeling but thirst-quenching.

— To purchase Thunderbolt Tea Singbulli Muscatel (2011 Second Flush), or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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