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 Singbulli Darjeeling Black Tea First Flush 2014 from Happy Earth Tea

singbulliTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black (Darjeeling)

Where to Buy:  Happy Earth Tea

Tea Description:

A well-crafted Darjeeling first flush tea, with refreshing floral and lime notes, from a garden famous for its high quality clonal teas. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:  

If you were to peek into my teacup at this moment, you wouldn’t think that the tea that I’m drinking is a ‘black’ tea.  This Darjeeling is one of the lighter “black” Darjeeling teas I’ve encountered, so much so that it looks like a green … veering on the edge of almost looking like a white tea with it’s silvery tips and snowy down covering the dry leaves.

I’ve tried many different first flush Darjeeling and while I do maintain that the second flush is my preference, this Singbulli Darjeeling first flush is so good that I could change my mind as I sip this!  It’s a beautiful tea experience!

As the above description suggests, I am experiencing notes of flower and bright lime notes.  This is not as “wine-like” as some Darjeeling teas.  This is very light and crisp, again, reminiscent of a green tea.  It has a vibrant, fresh taste.  (And why shouldn’t it?  This tea was harvested in 2014!)

The first 1/3 of the cup, I tasted mostly the floral and lime notes, and as I approached the mid-cup point, I could taste more fruit notes start to emerge.  Notes of sweet grape and a slight vegetal tone.  The texture softens and becomes more silken.  I notice less astringency now than I did at the start of this cup.   The aftertaste has a tangy (almost tart!) citrus-y flavor.

This tea is a very clean and refreshing hot beverage.  I drank about half of the pot that I prepared of this tea while it was hot, and then I allowed the rest to cool to see how it tastes as an iced tea.  I have to say that while I do prefer this one hot, it makes a tasty iced tea too.

Another win from Happy Earth Tea!  If you’re serious about your first flush Darjeeling teas, you really should check out their selection!  They’re organic and absolutely FABULOUS!