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Singell FTGFOP1 2nd Flush Darjeeling

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From Harney & Sons

Singell is located outside the village of Kuresong, about halfway up to Darjeeling city. This was the best second flush darjeeling that we tasted this year. We loved its rich body and dark, fruity muscatel flavors (similar to Fanciest Formosa Oolong). Like its sister tea garden, Seeyok, this garden is a Fair Trade garden. Singell is a delight to drink in the afternoon.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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157 tasting notes

Muscatel grape
you taste so great
send me to
a second flush Fate

Jillian

*aplauds *

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6770 tasting notes

Semi-Fruity with a bit of smokiness due to the fact I oversteeped but I must say it’s very forgiving! Thank the tea gods! Solid Suppa!

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Very fruity and full bodied. I had it plain, but I would have loved some sweetener. I’m not sure if a splash of milk would have made it awful or interesting! I think it would have been nice, like Earl Grey. Maybe next time!

There was a reason for my not using anything but tea – I read my tea leaves!

Here is a photo of the cup that I used (from the Art & Tea blog):

http://artandtea.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/tea-leaf-reading/

My reading had the heart – and the tea leaves were in the shape of a heart over it! “Love and romance are on the menu. This could mean spending time with your partner or the beginning of a new relationship . Your home life is also important to you now, which could signify a move, or making improvements on your current home.”

the sunrise – “A new beginning, a sense of rebirth, or a fresh start are signified by this symbol.”

and Venus – “Love, art, and harmony bring delightful interludes. You should be feeling creative and romantic.”

These make sense to me :) I have plans to go out with my husband tomorrow to see a film, take photographs, and get a bite to eat! I spent the day cooking for the coming week, working on a crochet blanket for my sofa, and thinking about a table runner I want to make. I’m about to start my new semester in school next week!

The book says you should use the symbols on the cup, or look for your own symbols, but unless you are experienced you shouldn’t mix the two. Well, I’m not experienced, but I can’t help but see the shape of the United States in the bottom of my cup, some lines, and a sailboat! I would say that not right away, but sometime this year I’m going to travel!

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Angrboda

Leaves reading! That’s so cool! I love the cup, even for just an ordinary design. How difficult is it to learn? I’ve got a deck of tarot cards that I’ve never fully learned to read, but I like to take them out now and then and just look at them because I like the pictures. Sometime I choose a few random ones and look them up in my book, but I wouldn’t say I was capable of a real reading.

JacquelineM

Yes, I thought the cup was really nice looking too. I didn’t think it was hard to do – much easier than Tarot cards. I am fascinated with the Tarot too :) Which deck do you have? There are so many beautiful ones, but the one that speaks to me is the plain ole Rider Waite deck! I do like to do readings with the Tarot, too. I almost think it’s like learning an instrument! If you draw a card a day and no pressure, just look at it, get your impressions of it, then read a little about it, you’ll know the deck a lot more familiarly, like practicing your notes and scales. Before you know it, you’ll be playing songs (doing readings!).

Angrboda

Yeah, I tend not to want to do the learning bit first. I tend to want to read the book and then expect to be able to do it afterwards, so I don’t really have the patience to learn. When I bought mine they had the Rider Waite deck and Crowley’s Thoth deck and I picked the latter because I liked the detailed abstract-ish pictures and also it was the same deck used in the book I had, so it seemed more practical even if the book said RW would be a better choice for a beginner than Thoth because the Thoth pictures have so many different elements in them. It’s the complexity about them that I like, I think. There are several of them that I wouldn’t think twice about hanging on my wall as art. I did buy a notebook, though, and have been writing down which cards I’ve picked (most of the time) and what I got out of it at the time, which has been helpful in getting my thoughts lined up properly about what I thought about the card that I picked.
There was a supposed ‘beginners reading’ described in the book with three cards, but it’s all so abstract and I get stuck on just trying to figure out exactly what each card is supposed to represent.

I need to start keeping them in a place where I see them, because the current storage solution means that I forget I have them a lot, until I see stuff like this that reminds me.

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I will admit I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Darjeeling teas. That having been said, I have had a few very good ones. As for the Singell, I really don’t like this tea. Has a grassy, weedy smell and taste, also a metallic after taste. Harney mentions fruity muscatel flavors and I don’t taste any fruit at all. Does have good body/briskness, but just don’t like the taste of it. Tried three times and throwing away. Might have been better with some sweetener.

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