Saturday Morning Tea

Hello again, my dear tea friends! I’m happy to be back to share another cup of tea with all of you. This morning I’m enjoying another first flush Darjeeling, this selection from the Glenburn estate. So far, 5 first flushes have arrived and I have to say that this one is my favorite so far. The leaf is from the first plucking of the season and, as you can see from my photo, it’s filled with the silvery white tips of the tea bush. So new, so tender.

The leaf shows off its gorgeous green color as it steeps. I steeped for 3 minutes in just under boiling point water, around 200 degrees F. Remember that this is not a green tea but has been oxidized and processed as a black tea.

My online tea friend, Steph, had the opportunity to visit the Glenburn tea estate during a trip to India last year. She shares her wonderful adventure on her blog, Steph’s Cup of Tea, here. To visit a tea estate in Darjeeling would definitely be a dream come true for me. Someday…

Ok, back to the tea. The tea liquor steeped up to such a pale, delicate golden color. A sweet aroma of flowers wafted up from my glass teapot as I gently removed the infuser basket.

While I do love notes of tropical fruit and banana in a first flush tea, my first love has always been the floral notes. This tea is a perfect example of that – in the aroma and pronounced in the flavor. The liquor is so smooth that you could probably experiment with pushing the steeping time a little bit. If you do, please let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful week filled with many delicious cups of tea!

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”

~Iris Murdoch, Writer

5 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Steph W says:

    I’m drinnking 2012 Darjeeling right now, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ SO Exciting.

  2. artandtea says:

    Most excellent! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Steph W says:

    Hi, Karen! I mentioned you in my blog posting today. Best, Stephanie

  4. sanfrantea says:

    I just found your blog while searching on FF darjeeling teas. Art and tea are some of my favorite things. Love the blog! I have a lot of beads maybe you will inspire me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. sanfrantea says:

    I just found your blog while I was doing a search of Puttabong darjeelings. I love it here! I used to work with beads many years ago but haven’t in a while. Perhaps you’ll inspire me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s