Sungma 2nd Flush Darjeeling

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Darjeeling Second Flush
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Darjeeling, India
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

This is a nice organic Darjeeling from one of our favorite estates. We love the fruity muscatel flavors.

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Reviewer pic50 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
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This tea has a distinct peachy flavor that I think I've tastes in other Darjeeling teas, and I don't like that flavor in teas. It has a little bitter aftertaste, which I don't like either, and it doesn't have a very strong black tea flavor that I usually like in strong black teas. It has a nice, interesting aroma, though. I added cream and sugar.
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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma of the dry leaf of this tea really got my attention: rich and strongly aromatic, fruity, deep, but also light and fresh. I received this and the Singbulli first flush as samples from Harney and Sons.

Like the Singbulli, I prefer brewing this tea for 5 minutes, as recommended. However, I also experimented with brewing gong-fu-style. When brewing gong-fu-style, the earlier infusions had more tones of lemon and citrus, the middle infusions were darker, and the later infusions had a dark color but light flavor, with oatmeal-like tones dominating.

When brewing for the full five minutes, the results were a more complex cup, with a hint of a wintergreen quality, a strong fruity (grape) presence and some deeper, skunky and herbaceous tones as well. Dark in color but strangely fresh, light, and cool-tasting flavor.

Even after 5 minutes, there was a little flavor left in the leaves for a second, pleasant, but less interesting infusion. When brewing for 3 minutes, the cup was lighter in body, and I noticed a little more of the oatmeal-like quality.

Also, a note, Harney recommends using lower-temperature water, I actually preferred boiling for this one. There were no unpleasant tones that came out and I felt it brought out greater strength and complexity...but then again, I tend to like some bitterness in my tea.

This tea was very good. However, comparing it side-by-side with the Singbulla first flush, to which it is oddly similar in some regards, I strongly prefer that tea. This tea seemed, to me, excellent, but not exceptional as that tea was. For the amount of first flush I've tired, I have tried embarrassingly few second flush teas, so I can't really say how this compares to a typical second flush. But, compared to other high-quality Darjeelings, it was one of the better ones I've tried.
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