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Organic Sungma Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

May11

SungmaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

An enchanting Darjeeling first flush with a highly refined floral bouquet and well rounded flavors.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:  

I was so excited to receive a selection of the fresh, spring harvested teas from Happy Earth Tea!  This Organic Sungma Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush is the first that I’ve tried from their 2014 teas.

Ahh!  It is crisp and invigorating when it washes over the palate.  If your tea repertoire tends to be of the “usual” teas like blacks and greens, you really should incorporate a Darjeeling tea in there every once in a while.  It really wakes up the palate!

And the flavor is smooth and sweet with notes of flower and fruit.  I don’t get a strong “muscatel” from this Darjeeling, then again, it is a first flush and you can expect more muscatel from the second flush than the first.  But this does have some wine-like notes that are muscatel-ish and make this fan of Darjeeling happy.

It has a nicely round flavor and less astringency than I would have expected from a Darjeeling.  A really nice sweetness comes from the fruit notes.  A sweet aftertaste.  I find this to be more fruity and less woodsy than a typical Darjeeling.

Overall, this is one of the nicest first flush Darjeeling teas that I’ve tasted in a while.  I love that it’s so fresh, I love that it’s Organic, and I love that it’s a Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance tea.  I love Happy Earth’s dedication to our planet!  Everything about this tea – rocks!

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