Darjeeling Sungma Summer (#22)

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  • “I'm revisiting this today, because Adagio's clever lil marketing game has me narrowing down an order. I've had 2 cups this morning. The first was plain, and it still feels like a green/black...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Cold-brewed this last night, 3 tsp/12 oz. for probably 24 hours. I forgot about it for a while. At first sip it's like the standard unsweet iced tea, but once the aftertaste kicks in there's a...” Read full tasting note
    bluebelle 509 tasting notes
  • “This is my first darjeeling from Adagio, and I have to say, I think Arbor Teas spoiled me. In comparison, this is a good tea. It gets the job done, and it's very fresh-tasting and smooth, but the...” Read full tasting note
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From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the famous Darjeeling region of India. Darjeeling tea is treasured for its rich golden liquor and distinctive muscatel (a type of grape) flavor. This tea scores high on both counts. Bright and aromatic, floral muscat grape aroma, with warm spice notes and also sugary squash. Plush, tangy mouthfeel with a sweet finish and balanced astringency. This excellent summer harvest tea comes from the highly regarded Sungma Estate.

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616 tasting notes

Sometimes I think I might be turning into a darjeeling snob, because as a darjeeling this tea is…okayish to me. But removing it from that scope and it’s pretty tasty. It’s a delicate black that brews up a lovely copper brown color and tastes of flowers and grapes. There’s very little astringency or bitterness. It’s so much I like in a tea, but the resteep, however, seems to lose a lot of the characteristics I liked in the first and that’s where this tea fails me. :/

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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556 tasting notes

This came as part of my tea of the month club order from Adagio this January. Darjeelings aren’t my favourite but I like them alright. Still waiting for this one to cool down for a taste that doesn’t burn my tongue. I did add milk and sugar, as I do with most black teas.

This tastes pretty good, with a smooth feel and a sweetness above the sugar I added. I’m still not sure what ‘muscatel’ means exactly in terms of tea, but this tastes like the other darjeelings I’ve tried, with hardly any astringency or bitterness.

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141 tasting notes

Wonderful sweet Darjeeling flavor, which comes out even more as it cools down to a warm temperature. No bitterness or astringency that I notice. It is like Twinings, but more intense and rich.

UPDATE: I made a second steeping of this tea, and it was somewhat weaker, but still tasty. I steeped the bag for six minutes.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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53 tasting notes

Mmm, this isn’t bad. I love the complexity this tea adds to a blend, so I decided to try it out on its own. It’s pretty good, but I think I’ll stick with blending it; it’s just not robust enough on its own for me. It’s certainly interesting and different from a lot of other blacks, and I can appreciate the light fruity notes, but personally I’m just partial to stronger, darker blacks that can stand alongside my breakfast.

I suppose since it’s Easter I should go find some sort of spring-y tea to drink or something!

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8 tasting notes

This is my first tea that is not a flavored tea. I almost didn’t want to try it because the smell in the bag was a little bitter. The reason I decided to try darjeeling tea was because of the moscat tones I read about when trying Moscato wine. I was so afraid this tea would be bitter, but with the smallest amount of sweetner I was surprised at the sweetness of the tea and how the warm smell really did have moscat tones. This is a nice relaxing evening tea for me.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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123 tasting notes

This is my first summer Darjeeling from Adagio and it has a very nice smoothness and slight tang at the end of each sip. It’s a little mediocre however and doesn’t have the full richness as a first flush Darjeeling with it’s strong muscatel. I noticed a similar pattern in Adagio’s Ooooh Darjeeling tea which is one of my favorites, typically, but this year’s batch is really underwhelming.

Back to this Summer Darjeeling. It’s a nice brisk tea for the morning but I can’t help feeling that at 4min steeping it should pack more of a wallop of flavors.

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5 tasting notes

I got this tea in a black tea sample pack at an Adagio store. The moment I tried it, I fell in love with it. It’s got a toasty taste with a little fruity notes. I would be careful with oversteeping it, this tea can get bitter quickly. Otherwise, one of my favorites as a simple black tea.

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42 tasting notes

I like to think the tea plants sucked all the tasty bits out of the Indian soil and air for the benefit of my cup, resulting in a smooth taste, nice aroma and color. There’s some grape flavor in here. Lots of other rich flavors, but cannot name any of them per se; it’s nearly ‘spiced.’ Really enjoyed it steeped at five minutes versus three minutes.

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20 tasting notes

First reinfusion. Mmm; very mellow now, and maybe a little sweet? I like it better than the first take. I’ll have to try it a few more times to balance out my rating.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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This was pretty good. Im extremely partial to Darjeeling teas. This one does not disappoint. I wish it was a bit stronger though as i’m used to more robust style Darjeeling but this is a good change up from that.

Though a little mellow its still very good and i would buy this again although i may not drink it as much as some other Darjeelings.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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