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A crisp, classic first flush darjeeling taste. It is an invigorating yet light and clean tasting tea. It almost sparkles on the palate.
This is the kind of tea that I like to drink when I need a little “lift” … something to perk me up when I’m feeling down because it’s very uplifting and invigorating, but, without the heaviness that other invigorating teas sometimes have.
Earthy, slightly vegetative, not so fruity as some Darjeeling teas. More of an indistinct fruit tone to this.
A really enjoyable cuppa. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/13/organic-sungma-first-flush-darjeeling-tea-from-happy-earth-tea/
A flavorful Darjeeling – a nice muscatel note. Sweet, fruity, nutty, and earthy. A very enjoyable cuppa! I even noticed hints of malt that made me question if I was tasting a Darjeeling! This definitely seems like a stronger, more robust Darjeeling … not the sparkling, crisp lighter Darjeeling that I’ve come to expect when I drink a Darjeeling.
But don’t mistake that for me not enjoying this because I really enjoyed it – especially because it was really different. A very nice tea.
I’m finishing off this sample now, and, despite having paid no attention to timing or leaf/water ratio, I’m enjoying it quite a bit more than I did yesterday. I’m definitely using less leaf and more water this team, and I let the tea steep for much longer (like over ten minutes…). Also, cooler water. It’s still extremely astringent – more so, actually – but that strange herbal aftertaste is almost gone and I’m getting more of what I consider a standard Darjeeling profile. Still not my favorite, but much more enjoyable.
This is very dry and grassy, even by Darjeeling standards. It’s quite astringent as well. There’s an unexpected (to me, anyway) herbal aroma I’m not liking very much. I’m glad to have had the chance to try this and will certainly be finishing my cup, but it’s definitely not my favorite Darjeeling. This is another sample from Nicole Martin – or at least I think this is what it was!
A lovely, smooth Darjeeling. Sweet and not overly astringent. Nice fruity note, crisp and pleasant.
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. It’s a really nice Darjeeling. A really nice first flush. Malty and sweet, not so much of a muscatel note but that’s kind of expected with a first flush. There are some nice fruity notes that border on a ‘grape-like’ taste but it’s not quite that of a muscat grape … more of a sweet taste that falls somewhere in between apple and grape, with notes of a citrus-y briskness.
Nice earthy tones, nutty notes and a hint of spice too. A distinct masculine tea.
Backpedaling a bit
I actually had (and finished) this a few weeks back. The first time I had it, though, was in the summer. I even included it in a story I wrote. That good. Very up-to-par with the other Darjeelings of 2012.
Unlike the other Darj’s, though, it had a rather unique trait – putting up with a forever-steep of about ten minutes. Seriously, I brewed a pin of it, left to take a shower, then revisited it. The brew didn’t bitter at all; it merely strengthened. As for taste? It was a bolder profile than before, heavier on he muscatel with an added presence of smoke and malt.
It even inspired its own metaphor in a write up (here: http://steepstories.com/2013/01/31/lowbrow-low-expectations-and-lowland-darjeeling/).
Whoever said lowland Darjeelings aren’t as good as the higher-elevation ones didn’t know what they were talking about.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this.
I had chili earlier, and I make a spicy chili. And now my tummy is starting to feel a bit unsettled, so I thought some ginger might help settle the stomach. Plus, it will also warm me up!
There is a good amount of ginger to this blend, but, there is enough Tulsi to sort of taper the peppery heat of the ginger a bit. It’s still rather warm from the ginger, though. I really like the combination of tulsi and ginger – the tulsi has a slight earthy/herbaceous kind of flavor going on, as well a very subtle minty note. It’s a very gentle flavor and a nice contrast to the strong spice of the ginger. Kind of like a good cop/bad cop thing going on with my tastebuds!
Certainly an enjoyable, soothing, warming cup.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
I find myself a wee bit disappointed by this tea. Not that it is a bad tea – it isn’t. I guess I’ve been a bit spoiled by some of the Darjeeling teas that I’ve been drinking lately and so I expected more of a Darjeeling flavor from this, that is to say, I wanted Muscatel.
This is more reminiscent of a fine Dragon Well. Nothing wrong with that, I just expected more Darjeeling. It’s kind of a Chinese tasting green tea from India, I guess. Not bad though.
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this blend.
But, I do have to disagree with you… I’m not finding this to be equal parts tulsi and green tea. I’m finding this to be mostly tulsi with a hint of green tea – not just in appearance but also in flavor. I taste the tulsi, but the green tea is just barely there.
It’s still enjoyable, but, not quite what I was expecting.
This is a great flavor that sticks true to it’s name! Equal parts Tulsi – Equal parts Green Tea taste! Nice combo! Sending the rest to Liberteas!
Here’s a tester-tea from Happy Earth and so far it’s not available for sale on their site but they sent it my way anyways and I am very grateful! Woot!
While it’s still infusing it smell like a gentle peppered green veggies…or even green pepper type aroma…it’s very pleasant.
The flavor – as I swirl it around in my mouth – it also gentle – it is much like a green tea or a black and green blend. It’s slightly vegetal – near savory, but more importantly VERY smooth…almost like a thin broth.
The more I sip – the more I like this! It’s a neat tea!
This is one of the taster-teas that is not available on their site and not for sale. I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to try it!
It’s a light and fluffy type tea. It’s velvety on the tongue. There are hints of malt and flowers and it’s quite nice!
If they were to offer this on their website – I would most likely purchase it :)
This has an amazing fruity aroma – but it’s all natural folks! A straight-up Darjeeling NOT flavored but it sure makes ya guess!
The taste is delightful, too! There is a hint of lime, perhaps, and a springy-sweet bouquet of flowers.
This is a gentle darjeeling but darned tasty! The more I sip the more I like it! This is VERY good for a mellow tea! YUM!
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I’m starting my day with this one! It tastes like flowers and herbs for the most part. It’s a bit drier than the others I have been trying lately but it’s still a really neat darjeeling offering!
Springy! With hints of herbally-spice, lime, sweet basil and/or Tulsi-type taste-almost, and springy-floral-earthy-sweet! This is nice! A Sunny way to start the day! A delight!
This marks my second first flush of the new year. And, wow, what a cup. This had all the trappings of a Darjeeling first flush, but with the added burden of a tannic mouthfeel on the finish. It was all spices, grapes, and greenery the way through. The character was more in line with a Darjeeling oolong than a normal OP. Simply superb.
Warm, spicy, floral, herbally. This has a lot of ginger in it. The tulsi helps it out so it’s not ALL Ginger. I have acquired a taste for ginger when paired with tulsi or lemon or mint. This one is alright…Perfect for the cold weather today regardless!
Smells like cooked veggies – YUM!
After infusing the color is a warm lemon/lime. The flavor is almost savory. Semi brothy, a cross between veggies and flowers but not a stale floral flavor – a very nice one. I would say more vegetal than floral. It fairly velvety on the tongue too!
This is VERY nice! The more I drink the more I think – this maybe one of my fave green darjeelings to date!
This infuses to a VERY light brown…well, not even really brown…looks more like a pale green tea or a hued white tea color. Regardless it is a BOLD one! It’s a bit floral, malty, and has a hint of smoke which is a nice touch! I LOVE how malty this is…to the eye…I didn’t think it would be…but it is!
I LOVE THIS!
Starting my day with a cuppa this before sending the rest to LiberTEAs. This is sweet and semi-smooth but a bit mellower than the others I have tried so far from them. It’s still yummy that is for sure! Slightly caramelly and slightly chewy. YUM!
I started my CRAZY Day with 3 cups of this! Really nice! I am going to keep this one on tap to give it some proper tasting notes within the next few days! It’s yummy that is for sure…more coming soon!
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Incredibly smooth! Fairly malty! BUT…SMOOTH! a bit floral – but not grassy floral. A hint of nuttiness. This is an awesome smooth darjeeling! Lovely!
It does infuse to a medium brown and the color is lovely too!