Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The muscatel notes are quite prominent, and overall the tea has an interesting fruity flavor yet manages to avoid coming off as being too sweet. Just be careful with your brewing methods to keep the astringency in check. "|
This first flush Darjeeling comes from the Singbulli estate and is organic, as are most of the offerings from Happy Earth Tea company. The dry leaves are mostly a dark forest green in color, with splashes of brown and light green mixed in. The leaves are think and wiry. I took a deep whiff of the leaves and got an undeniable muscatel hit, and I was pleased to see that the tea smelled fresh and crisp. I followed the Happy Earth Tea's brewing suggestions, which call for steeping one teaspoon of leaves in one cup of freshly boiled water for three minutes. The tea that results is a tannish color with a distinct crisp aroma wafting off of it. My first reaction to this tea was its astringent briskness, which actually borderlined on unpleasant bitterness. Once I got over this astringency, however, this is a very fresh and pleasant Darjeeling. The muscatel notes are quite prominent, and overall the tea has an interesting fruity flavor yet manages to avoid coming off as being too sweet. I recommend you experiment with the preparation of this tea, however, as I found that using a slightly lower water temperature was an effective way to control the astringency. I did enjoy this tea hot,but I found that for me it was more enjoyable served on ice because its crisp flavor and not-too-sweet profile made it very refreshing. Also, I found that this tea didn't have enough substance to be fully satisfying for a morning brew, and thus was better suited for afternoon drinking (which is when I am most likely to drink iced instead of hot tea). In all, this is a pretty nice example of a Darjeeling which offers a strong muscatel hit but just be careful with your brewing methods to keep the astringency in check.
— To purchase Happy Earth Tea Singbulli 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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