Singbulli Silk, First Flush Garden Darjeeling.
This is the one of the best First Flush teas of the season, particularly in the Chinese leaf category. It was from an early invoice of the year and not even knowing what may have come later in the season, I knew I was unlikely to taste anything better. As good, perhaps, but not better. As things turned out I was right, so I am glad I made the early commitment to buy it! It is a beautifully prepared leaf with lots of silvery, silky buds in the mix. The infusion is a lovely, bright yellow with a fresh aroma. The flavour and aroma is a complex one that carries hints of herbal and flowery characteristics. The special thing about this tea and unusually for a First Flush is the hint of ‘Muscatel’ sweetness in the aftertaste. Singbulli is situated in the Mirik Valley of Darjeeling.