SINGBULLI CHINA CLASSIC SUPER FINE [DJ 24]: ORGANIC DARJEELING TEA (FIRST FLUSH DARJEELING TEA 2011)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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  • “Thanks to *Scott Tea Man* for sending me this lovely sample! This is yummy, after steeping the wet leaves smell like lemon and pepper, they are still so green and olive... I don't have a lot of...” Read full tasting note
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From Thunderbolt Tea

Tea Liqor for this First Flush Darjeeling Tea:

It has a light golden-yellow cup which marks the sign of any good quality first flush tea. The reflective quality of liqor or in simple words the brightness of the cup is lively and fresh smelling. It has a beautiful floral aroma somewhat rosy in character. Slightly grassy, but well balanced by prominent sweet and nutty characteristics which resemble almonds. The cup is smooth with buttery mouth-feel. Some spicy hints can be felt as well. Slight astringency can be felt and a very mild bitterness, yet sweet in taste can be observed. It leaves a sweet and buttery aftertaste at the tip of the tongue. Recommended steeping time is 3 minutes, greater steeping time can increase astringency and bitterness simultaneously.

One great quality classic Darjeeling First Flush tea from Jayshree’s finest Flush Flush tea producing tea garden – Singbulli. Don’t miss this, you’ll miss the real Darjeeling classic character for which Darjeeling First FLush is famous for.

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Thanks to Scott Tea Man for sending me this lovely sample!

This is yummy, after steeping the wet leaves smell like lemon and pepper, they are still so green and olive…

I don’t have a lot of experience with darjeelings but I thought this was a beautiful cup of tea. Light orangish and yellow in color with a definite intoxicating floral & sandalwood aroma. The flavors are so delicious and light. I am getting a bit of butter pecan nuttiness to start, delicate floral flavors mingled with a pineapple sort of sweetness and then a bit of lingering astringency in the finish but a very moist and refreshing mouthfeel. OMG! When are the 2012 first flush teas coming from Thunderbolt??

I don’t know if it is just my imagination but teas from darjeeling and nepal always seem to have the most profound influence on my mind – expanding but relaxed at the same time. This would be a good tea for meditation and reflection. Sweet! Yum!

I did a resteep also and although lighter, it was still delicious – thanks again Scott!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I thought of the Thunderbolt teas I have, this is the least astringent, yet nutty like a second. Glad you like it Amy. :)) Pineapple…….hhmmm, now I have to revisit this one. I have not been disappointed by their teas. :))

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I was excited to try this Singbulli Estate tea, because all of my limited experiences with this estate have been very positive. I cupped this Friday night and had a great tea experience. When I opened the bad I smelled a mildly nutty aroma. Let me say that this tea wasn’t as aromatic as I thought it would be. I warmed my cup and strainer, put the dry leaves in, and the nutty aroma intensified. I steeped my first cup as noted and could smell nothing but the fresh leaf. Wow! I smelled fresh minty and nutty aromatics rising from my cup to greet me!

The wet leaves were varigated shades of green and brown and smelled clean, crisp, and refreshing-with more pronounced minty and almond-like character. I also recognized some fruity florals too. The cup itself was a very inviting bright orange color with the same characteristics mentioned above.

When I taste Darjeelings like this my mouth usually waters anticipating the flavors of the tea. What I experienced was a very balanced cup, full of minty, fruity, nutty deliciousness! Really fresh, crisp and invigorating. :)) Usually at a three minute steep, there is a proud astringent bite that dances on my tongue. The astringency with this Singbulli is still quite noticeable-it is a Darjeeling after all. It is more tolerable and milder, as the astringency doesn’t dance loudly, or dare I say, stomp on my palate. It is much more playful and mild, still proud, but not conceited, as it presents itself. It is not as mild as the Puttabong Queen I reviewed last month, so if the astringency is too much for you, try reducing the steep time and even the temperature a few degrees. :))

After midnight I had another cup just to enjoy and this cup matched the description above. What I love about Darjeelings is that they do remind me of a fresh, crisp, clear Spring day that brings nothing but comfort and joy. This Singbulli Estate Darjeeling does not disappoint. It is delicious and very satisfying! :))

Cupped: Friday & Sunday, February 10 & 12, 2012.

Reviewed: Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Updated tea review! :))

TeaBrat

This sounds very yummy!

ScottTeaMan

I hope you like it! :))

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