Review: Happy Earth Tea Puttabong Darjeeling First Flush 2013

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Thumbs up!"Floral elements are, of course, plainly noticeable, but the slightly more dominant notes of fruit and malt distinguish Happy Earth's Puttabong from the most delicate first flush selections. "
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happyearthputtabongdarjDarjeeling-centered Happy Earth Tea owns a solid lineup of some of India's most wonderful teas, and its Puttabong First Flush is no anomaly. Clumsily put, Happy Earth's Puttabong is a midpoint to the lightest first flush Darjeelings and the darker, more robust second flush varieties.

A certain ripeness is strongly prevalent in each brew and grows in strength when steeped for longer durations. Floral elements are, of course, plainly noticeable, but the slightly more dominant notes of fruit and malt distinguish Happy Earth's Puttabong from the most delicate first flush selections.

There remains a bit of astringency in the tea's aftertaste, minimal though it may be. Accompanied by the sneaking bitterness is a lingering dryness not unlike other Darjeelings. Despite such bolder characteristics, the liquor is adequately light, smooth, and crisp for a first flush.

Happy Earth recommends an infusion of three minutes under boiled water. I went for my usual 190°F for around two minutes, as I prefer to preserve the most subtle characteristics of first flush Darjeelings. Make no mistake in overusing the leaves; a leveled teaspoon per cup will generate the ideal brew just fine. One may, however, work with a higher quantity of tea, but because of its potentially finicky nature, the Darjeeling must be brewed at a more modest duration.

I can't say this is the best Darjeeling I've ever had, especially given my preference towards the lightest first flush varieties. Nevertheless, Happy Earth Tea's Puttabong makes for a very enjoyable cup with an array of tasting notes only found in those of the highest quality.

— To purchase Happy Earth Tea Puttabong 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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