144 Tasting Notes
This one starts off somewhat brusque and uninteresting, perhaps a bit too dark and heavy for my taste. Once the initial flavor fades into a delicate malt the floral nuances are allowed to develop and linger into a deliciously spiced and subtly fruity aftertaste.
I don’t know the precise geographic location of the Singtom estate but perhaps it is in a lower elevation or in a warmer area relative to other Darjeeling estates.
Brisk, forward citrus and mint. Slight roundness at the bottom gives it just enough fullness to be satisfying. The flavors are nice and clean but run a bit shallow compared to some other Darjeelings. This tea does not cloy for attention in any way and tastes exactly how a non “tea drinker” would expect. Tea.
Good for the price and perfectly adequate for a “stock” Darjeeling.
This is a very good shu. To me, this is where shu puerh begins to stand apart from aged sheng. Many lesser shu tends toward the murky and greasy in their attempt to emulate the earthiness of wet stored aged sheng. This one carries the typical characteristics of shu but elevates them to a higher level.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that this tea is not at all an attempt toward emulating aged sheng but is perfectly enjoyable by itself; dense, cooling, and hollow in that the flavors are not muddied or confused.
I personally like shu puerh so this tea is very enjoyable to me. In the past I have always preferred an aged sheng to any shu but this one definitely stands on its own merits. It’s different and “shu” enough to be, to me, a sort of paradigm. Good stuff.
Fruit forward, sweet and a little simple . . . in a good way. There is a lot of fullness up front with peachy sweetness curling in the back of the throat and mingling with the typical hay flavor found in teas of this varietal (Bai Hao, Bai Mu Dan, etc.). The aftertaste is of a perfumed caramel and the light yet distinct fruit flavors linger in the background. What this tea lacks in elegance it makes up for in playfulness and accessibility. It has a childlike character to it because of the sweetness.
What alludes to the quality of this picking are not the flavors themselves, which are good, but the clarity of the different flavors and how they travel through each sip. It is as if an artist were to use bold strokes of subtle colors. The effect is very immediate and pleasing.