Located among numerous other Darjeeling tea gardens in the picturesque valley of Mirik region (about 65 kms away from Darjeeling), Singbulli Tea Estate is one of the prized tea estates renowned for its top notch quality Darjeeling First Flush Teas. Among 6 tea estates belonging to Jayshree Tea Ltd., Singbulli is one of their finest tea gardens. Mr. Parikh and Mr. Mantri were kind enough to send us a huge number of tea samples from which we could choose 2 of the teas which suited our palate, one china and the other being this clonal classic (flowery). This 2013 clonal Darjeeling First Flush comes from their best clonal growing region known as ‘Tingling’ division. This tea is limited at hand.
Singbulli SFTGFOP1 Clonal Flowery Dry Tea Leaves:
A classic clonal grade Darjeeling First Flush 2013 tea made with utmost care in manufacture retaining all the essential characteristics for which this tea has excelled. It has a overall greenish texture with a mix of light brown color. The leaves are elongated with those longish look, thin, well rolled and twisted. It has high existence of elongated silver tips or buds. Most of the tea leaves seem clad in white furry coat which is a result of its prominent fine silver hairs. The aroma speaks of mild and pleasing ‘confectionery’ like smell – varieties of pastries. It has a sweet floral nose accompanied by fruity aroma reminiscent of pineapple. Somewhat nutty to some extent. Has mild spicy character as well.
Singbulli SFTGFOP1 Clonal Flowery Infusion or Wet Tea Leaves:
A lively greenish-brown infusion with a blend of shades of yellow. The infusion brightens with the soaked silver hairs giving it a definite and indirect shine forecasting good liqor quality. It lends a sweet floral nose accompanied by mild vanilla like essence. It smells sweet and tender and refreshes the mind as you inhale. It again emits mild pastry like aroma which also seems like mixed with fruity nose like the pineapple. Light spicy and nutty characteristics can also be found.
Singbulli Cl Fl tea Darjeeling First Flush tea 2013
Singbulli SFTGFOP1 Clonal Flowery Cup or Liqour:
The cup seems lighter than its china variety. Clonals always seem to be lighter in the cup when compared to china variety. Clonals are usually larger in size than the chinery teas, but smaller clonal sized leaves can produce stronger cup. Mantra is smaller the tea leaves, stronger the cup; larger the tea leaves lighter the cup. It has a light golden-yellow cup which is bright and highly aromatic. It has a smooth cup with desirable complex fragrant floral aroma. Has a very mild biscuity taste. It has a lively brisk taste that sparkles and bursts in the mouth which seems very invigorating. The tea is sweet, vanilla like and floral. Some fruity character can be noticed along with almondy character. It has very little astringency and leaves the tip of the tongue with a sweet aftertaste. 3 minutes steeping time recommened.