Review: Happy Earth Tea Sungma Organic Darjeeling First Flush 2013

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Thumbs up!"Wonderful Darjeeling filled with floral notes and malty flavors, even good iced! "
Samantha’s Teaview: 8.7/10
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happyearthsungma13This first flush Spring Darjeeling is a wonderful offering from Sungma Tea Estate through Happy Earth Tea. Surprisingly Happy Earth is located in Rochester, NY though they are originally from Darjeeling, India a renowned town in West Bengal known for producing some of the finest Indian teas.

The leaves are a myriad of colors ranging from light to dark green and a hint of burnt orange that cover downy tips and leaves. The cup is light amber and a floral aroma peeks out on the edge of the cup. I was lucky enough to receive a very generous amount of tea for this review. I’ve been enjoying it almost every day for a week now. My first cup was the most revealing, such a change of pace for my tongue compared to the fruit filled sips I’ve been enjoying my mouth had missed the flowers of spring and the malty-ness of what’s to come.

A tablespoon was used to brew the first cup at 180F for 3 minutes. The taste had a distinct taste, I was unable to decide what to call if for a while but I think I’d like to say plum. There are hints of plum covered by floral overtones followed by a lingering sweetness and a slight dry aftertaste though not as dry as some. The dryness in this tea is not as dramatic as the plum strings along a juicy sweetness to the end.

Day after day I enjoyed this tea a bit more, then I used too little. Today I used only about 2 teaspoons, my cup was still enjoyable, more floral actually but it didn’t seem to be as distinct in flavors compared to using a tablespoon.

One day the break room electrical outlets weren't working so while I enjoyed the tea hot, I also enjoyed it cold. This would make for a great light refreshing iced tea.

Overall, this is probably the best tea I have sampled in a while, it is floral (which I love) it had a distinct malt flavor to it, was pleasantly oxidized closer to a green tea but still carried a body more familiar to an oolong. Thumbs up! Looking forward to my next tea from Happy Earth!

— To purchase Happy Earth Tea Sungma Organic Darjeeling First Flush 2013, 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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