Good morning, dear tea friends! After last week’s blizzard that dumped 2 feet of snow on us, it’s great to be back with you sharing a cup of tea. Today’s cuppa is a black tea from the Guranse Estate in Nepal. The beautifully intact leaves have been hand-rolled and processed.
From the tea estate’s website:
“Guranse Tea Estate is situated at an altitude between 3300 and 7300 feet above sea level. Probably the highest tea garden in the world which produces one of the best teas. In order produce exquisite tea enriched with delectable ‘muscatel’ flavor with superb aroma, the bushes need to grow breathing pure mountain air, filled with just the right combination of sun, shade and rain that are abundant in the eastern hills of Nepal, below the majestic Mount Everest and mount Makalu.”
I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes in boiling point (212F) water.
Look at this fine plucking of the top two leaves and bud. Amazing.
As I lifted the infuser from my glass teapot, a fresh floral aroma wafted up.
The glowing amber tea liquor is silky smooth with sweet, floral notes. It’s mellow and light.
There’s more snow falling this afternoon, flakes gently floating to earth, no accumulation, thank goodness. This is the perfect tea, the perfect moment to sit and gaze out at the world of white.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Beautiful leaf colors. The birds singing yesterday, gave me hope for an early Spring.
Thanks Judy, me too!
A lovely way to spend a winter’s day.
I absolutely love the pictures! They are incredibly vivid and beautiful, and really capture each steep!
I will be making sure to snap my own from now on for my own writings!
Thank you very much, Martin. I’ve been doing this – taking photos of tea – for 6 years now and truly enjoy it.
Do you have any suggestions for a beginner tea photographer? (not new to photography, but new to snapping leaves)
Glad you’re wading through the blizzard with tea!
Thanks Steph! It felt good to be able to sit down and relax with a cup of tea this past weekend rather than spending hours outside digging out like the weekend before lol!
Martin, the best advice I can give regarding taking photos of tea is to experiment and have fun! and use natural light.