Leaf Type: Black (Darjeeling)
Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea
This is a classic First Flush (spring harvest) Darjeeling with layers of subtle flavors. It has a mellow floral bouquet, with a good balance of sweet notes and a dry briskness.
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The above photo might suggest that the dry leaf of this tea is a bit greener than the leaves appeared to me. There are some green leaves there, but overall, I found the tea to be more of a medium brown color with varying shades of tan and grey, with some green leaves and green tips. The aroma of the dry leaf is much more like what the picture suggests to me: earthy and “green” (vegetative). Not so much like a green tea vegetative tone – it doesn’t smell grassy, really, or like steamed vegetables or kelp. It just smells … kind of leafy and floral. There are also delicious hints of fruit.
The flavor is a classic first flush Darjeeling taste. Crisp! Invigorating and yet light and clean on the palate. When I sip a Darjeeling like this Organic Sungma First Flush Darjeeling Tea from Happy Earth Tea, I find myself understanding why Darjeeling tea is called the “champagne of tea.” It seems to sparkle on the palate. It isn’t literally “effervescent” but, it seems to be bubbly and crisp as I sip it, evoking thoughts of sipping champagne.
It is a very uplifting kind of tea. The flavors are slightly earthy and vegetative, just as the fragrance of the dry leaf suggested, with notes of fruit weaving their way throughout the sip. It isn’t so much a “grape-y” muscatel kind of taste (this kind of flavor you are more likely to find in a second flush Darjeeling). Instead, I taste just a subtle, indistinct fruity note that melds with overtones of flower and woodsy tones. There is a nuttiness to this cup as well as a lovely malty tone that I’m really enjoying.
Overall, the tea is sweet and crisp, with a charming complexity that keeps me sipping. A very enjoyable example of a first flush Darjeeling, and I’m loving that it’s an organic tea!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!