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!


2014 Organic Arya Ruby Darjeeling First Flush from Happy Earth Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

This Arya Ruby is finely crafted with its signature fragrance deep and rich in complexity that will cheer a Darjeeling enthusiast.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:  

Sweet!  That’s the first thing that I thought when I took my first sip of this tea:  this is beautifully sweet!

The dry leaf is appealing to me with the varying shades of green, brown and silver.  These leaves produce a coppery colored cup with a pleasant fruity note that evokes thoughts of grape.  I could also pick up on some floral tones in there.

My first sip, I was really blown away with how sweet it tasted.  I could taste notes of raisin (not always something I notice in a first flush Darjeeling) and peach.  I’m tasting some of that sugary sweetness that I would taste with a dried fruit with hints of a grape-y like flavor.  The peach is much more apparent to me, with mere hints of grape-like flavor, but I’m definitely tasting the sugary sweetness which leads me to think “raisin” rather than “grape.”

I taste floral notes that have been softened by the sweetness of this tea.  As I near the bottom of the cup, the floral notes begin to emerge stronger than at the start.

But what really surprised me is that lovely hint of chocolate that I started to notice at about mid-cup.  There were these really rich, decadent, smooth flavors developing:  somewhat caramel-y with notes of chocolate!  Love!  There’s a delightful smoothness to this cup with very little astringency.

Yet another amazing Darjeeling from Happy Earth Tea.  If you’re a fan of Darjeeling, you really can’t go wrong with the teas that Happy Earth Tea offers.  It’s a great company that is socially and environmentally responsible, and I really appreciate that.

Arya Ruby (Organic) First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

AryaTea Type:
Black Tea

Where To Buy:
Happy Earth Tea

Product Description:

This Arya Ruby is finely crafted with its signature fragrance deep and rich in complexity that will cheer a Darjeeling enthusiast.
DRY TEA: Well rolled and wiry, green and gray leaf with a strikingly sweet fragrance. Abundant silver tips, and overall a bit more oxidized than most Darjeeling first flushes. Clean leaf with a bloom.

INFUSION: A uniform infusion of olive color with a nose of exquisite sweetness found recalling tropical flowers. Also ripe peach notes present. A touch of camphor.

CUP: A clear light gold with sweet floral and fruity (strawberry and peach) aromas. The flavors turn more floral and delicate on the mouth. Smooth and well balanced with very little astringency. The sweet refreshing aftertaste lingers.

Tasters Review:
It’s been a while since I have visited the website of Happy Earth Tea and they have made some changes that stuck out right away.  One thing I really LOVED is the addition of multiple photos for each tea including the dry leaf photo as well as what the leaves look like when they are wet – post infusion – and of course – the infused tea liquid in the cup!  Very nice!

Not every Darjeeling tea tastes the same.  There are so many different characteristics and it took me a while to realize that.  When I first started drink Darjeeling Teas I thought they were all similar but I think it was because I wasn’t drinking the highest quality of Darjeelings because now I really enjoy them.  I enjoy picking out how they are different.  Sure – some I like more than others – but – I will say that this Arya Ruby First Flush from Happy Earth Tea is right up there among my favorites.

It infuses to a paler light brown.  It’s sweet and almost has tropical flower/fruit aroma and first sip to it which I find fascinating!  It’s smooth and ends on a sweet note – thankfully – because with other Darjeelings I have tried some can leave a somewhat strange aftertaste – NOT THIS ONE!  My nose could pick  up on the aroma of a hint of peach but also a bit of ‘crust’ or bake-like aroma.

I found this tea to be delicious!  If you are a Darjeeling Tea Fan or if you are looking for something different but with layers of aromas and flavors on the tongue…give this one a whirl!

Organic 2014 Puttabong Darjeeling First Flush from Happy Earth Tea

puttabongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

A delicate floral first flush with layers of complex and exquisite notes. This tea proclaims the arrival of spring!

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:  

The more I think about it, the more I’m loving spring!  My favorite season of the year is autumn, but, I’m adoring all these amazing first flush teas that I’ve had the opportunity to try this spring!  And this Organic Puttabong Darjeeling First Flush from Happy Earth Tea is absolutely dee-lightful!

The dry leaf aroma is earthy with notes of flower and hints of fruit-like sweetness.  The brewed tea has a delicate fragrance:  very light floral and fruit notes.  The earthiness is also subdued once the leaves are brewed.

The flavor is sweet and tastes much the way the scent suggests.  Hints of earthy tones with a warm, woodsy note.  Sweet, crisp floral notes.  And just beneath the earthy/woodsy notes, I start to pick up on the fruit-like flavors.  There are grape-y notes that are especially noticeable at the finish and in the aftertaste.  I can feel that “tingly” sensation on the tongue from the grape notes.

This has some dry, tangy astringency develops slightly as I continue to sip.  My first few sips I didn’t notice much astringency at all, and now that I’m halfway through the cup, the astringency is more obvious.  The astringency and the grape-like notes give this a delicate wine-like finish.

As the tea cools, I pick up on more of those lovely grape-like notes.  I find that the earth notes seem to soften, and the fruit and flower intermingle, offering a sweet, stunning flavor.  I think my favorite temperature to drink this is after it’s cooled about ten minutes – it’s still on the warmer side, but not hot.  Not cold.  The astringency is softer at this point, and I’m enjoying a really beautiful tea with intriguing fruit notes and delicate whispers of flower that dance on the palate.

Another lovely tea from Happy Earth Tea!  Really, you can’t go wrong with their selection of first flush teas – no matter which one you choose.  I’d have a difficult time trying to choose a favorite!