Good morning, my dear tea friends! My camera is finally up and running with a new memory card so I can now share a new cuppa with you all. I’m a creature of habit and when my routine encounters a snag, I find it very discombobulating. Thank goodness for tea, right?
I was going to brew up a pot of that Assam from a couple of weeks ago but this tea caught my interest. A 2012 second flush offering from the Castleton estate called “Moonlight”. The leaf is incredibly bold and the color variations are gorgeous. If you’re interested, I reviewed last year’s second flush offering from this estate here.
I used 3 times as much tea as I normally do (in other words, 3 teaspoons for my little teapot) and steeped it for 3 minutes in boiling point (212F) water.
As I lifted the infuser from my glass teapot, the aroma of fresh apricots filled my senses. Mmmm….
The whisky-colored liquor is smooth and delicate, not at all your typical second flush Darjeeling. The apricot aroma followed through into the flavor along with some nuances of melon and a gentle floral note that lingers.
I found this tea unique for a second flush offering. I wonder what flavor notes might be revealed if I steep it longer? Hmmm…
As always, thanks for joining me on this weekly tea adventure. Have a wonderful week!
“Art must take reality by surprise.” ~Francoise Sagan