Darjeeling Sungma First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

sample_grandeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

Black tea is the most consumed type of tea around the world. Black tea (or red tea in China) is tea made by complete oxidation of the green tea leaf during the manufacturing process. The flavors generally described in Black tea are: aromatic, astringent, biscuity, bold, brisk, crisp, floral, fruity, malty, nutty, smoky, spicy and sweet. Our line of black tea includes some of the best harvests from Organic tea gardens of Darjeeling, Nepal and China besides our own house blends.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Even though Darjeeling Sungma First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea is no longer listed on their website that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a mention.  This Darjeeling tea from Happy Earth Tea is top notch!  They have some of the best Darjeelings I have had and this one certainly followed suit.   It’s not shocking that they’ve sold out of their Darjeeling Sungma First Flush 2014.

This Darjeeling Sungma First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea has a leafy-earthy type taste to it brought to you by fresh multi-colored green, grey, frosted toned leaves.  The strong flavor lingers in your mouth long after the sip.  The aftertaste is reminiscent of strong herbs and green beans.

If you enjoy Darjeeling teas that offer taste with multiple infusions this Darjeeling Sungma First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea is one of those teas.  Just because this tea is no longer offered on their site doesn’t mean you can’t try one of their many other Darjeelings.  Take a look at their site and find something that makes you do a double-take.  I bet you find at least one!  I found several I was interested in trying!


Singbulli Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

Singbulli_leaf_1024x1024Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

A well-crafted Darjeeling first flush tea, with refreshing floral and lime notes.

DRY TEA: Long carefully rolled clonal leaves with shades of light and dark green. Amazingly soft and silky to touch. It has a fluffy body therefore you have to use a little more than usual for to make your cup. The dry leaf has herbaceous notes including lemongrass.

INFUSION: The leaves unfurl to vivid green, affording a nose of floral essence. Hints of citrus.

CUP: The pale amber liquor yields offers a sweet floral and lemony aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Sweet floral notes dominate in the palate with a touch of astringency, the underlying briskness that enlivens the cup. The finish is sweet that lingers for a long while.

1.5 tbsp for 8-12 oz cup.

Water Temp: near-boil, 190F

Steeping time 3 minutes.

COLD BREW:  Darjeeling tea tastes just as delicious cold brew. Although the process takes a longer time, it is a wonderful substitute for iced tea. Click here to learn about cold brewing Darjeeling.

Singbulli is located in a Mirik area of Darjeeling and is spread over 473.95 hectare in altitude varying from 1200 to 4000 ft. The garden was established in 1924, and is known for producing some of the best Darjeeling clonal teas.

Learn more about the 2015 First Flush tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Darjeeling Singbulli First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea is a mighty fine Darjeeling, indeed!  It’s organic, fair trade, and has the thumbs-up of the Rain forest Alliance.  Those are just some of the reasons this tea lives up to the company name.  Another reason could be because once I sipped on it – it was so good – if put a smile on my face!

This Darjeeling semi-earthy in a sense that it was ‘green’ and floral but not bitter-floral more of a Sweet Jasmine type floral.  It has a greener flavor moreso like a green tea than a rough and tough black tea base.  This tea held up to multiple infusions, too, which is always appreciated.

I like this Darjeeling Singbulli offering because it’s tasty and nice to have on hand for any time of the day.  It makes a nice hot cup or cold cup of tea.  It has a sturdy taste without being too overbearing.  This tea gets a “HAPPY” review from me!


Organic Puttabong STGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling from Happy Earth Tea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

Light golden and bright liquor with a floral and malty flavor. It has a mellow taste with subtle citrus hints and a sweet lingering finish. Deeply satisfying.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The dry leaf of this Organic Puttabong STGFOP1 First Flush Darjeeling from Happy Earth Tea has a pleasant earthy scent.  Once brewed, the aroma becomes more woodsy and floral, but I can still detect some of the earthy tones I noticed in the dry leaf.

The flavor is mild and possesses light fruit notes.  There is also notes of flower and wood, but I’m not tasting so much of the earthy notes found in the fragrance.

I like the how the floral notes build.  They start off really subtle, and then toward mid-cup, they become much more pronounced.  It’s a sweet, exotic sort of flowery taste, orchid perhaps?  The woodsy notes are much more subdued here, and they seem to be there to offer a more grounded contrast in flavor to the floral tones.

The fruit notes start off rather obscure … I can taste a ‘fruit-like’ note but, it isn’t really distinct or well-defined.  After I’ve consumed about a quarter of the cup, though, I start to notice bright citrus-y notes.

There isn’t a lot of “muscatel” taste to this Darjeeling, then again, I didn’t really expect there to be, because this is a first flush tea, and typically first flush Darjeeling teas do not possess much of a strong muscatel flavor.  But, that’s OK … I enjoy this tea for what it is!  It is a crisp tea with a refreshing taste that seems to sparkle on the palate as I sip it.  Very nice!