Darjeeling Sungma Muscatel is a second flush black tea from the famous Darjeeling region of India. Darjeeling tea is treasured for its rich golden liquor and distinctive muscatel (a type of grape) flavour. This tea scores high on both counts. Bright and aromatic, floral muscat grape aroma with notes of warm spice and sugary squash. Plush, tangy mouthfeel with a sweet finish and balanced astringency. This excellent summer harvest (second flush) of Darjeeling black tea comes from the highly regarded Sungma Estate. Darjeeling is a town situated along the slopes of the beautiful, towering Himalayas. The town, and the tea plantations that stretch around it, are often enveloped in mist. This unique climate, along with the region’s loamy soil, help produce one of the most unique and distinctive teas in the world. These altitudes place significant strain on the bushes, so they grow more slowly and have more time to develop flavour. The leaves are also more fragile, so they oxidize and dry up at different rates during production. That’s why Darjeeling tea always ‘looks like autumn’ – brown, gold, green. No one else in the world has tea that tastes quite like authentic Darjeeling.
The story goes that in 1830, Charles Earl Grey, an English diplomat travelled to China, and as a reward for his act of kindness, a local man presented him with the recipe for making this distinctive tea. As inspiring as it may sound, the story is factually incorrect. Chinese have never been black tea drinkers, and so it was very unlikely that they had a tea recipe for Earl Grey to bestow on visitors. Also, Charles Earl Grey never set foot in China.