Saturday Morning Tea

New Vithanakande Ceylon Dry Leaf 08-23-14

Good morning, dear tea friends! Since early morning, the sun has been playing peek-a-boo, much like a child who hides behind a curtain. When she steps out, the sky is brilliant with her smile.

A black tea from Sri Lanka fills my tea bowl this morning. From the gem mining Ratnapura district in the south, it’s called New Vithanakande Ceylon.

New Vithanakande Ceylon Steep 08-23-14

Silver mixes with dark brown like snippets of thread woven through the thin, wiry leaf.

I steeped the leaves for 4 1/2 minutes in boiling point (212F) water. The distinctive aroma of cocoa rises from my glass teapot. Mmmm…

New Vithanakande Ceylon Wet Leaf 08-23-14

Dark and light meld into a chocolate brown color in the wet leaf, which exhibits more of a characteristic Ceylon aroma, bright and citrus.

New Vithanakande Ceylon Teapot 08-23-14

The dark amber colored tea liquor smells of dark notes of chocolate and malt, which spill over into the flavor ,along with a bright lemon tang that lingers into the finish. This is a great eye-opening breakfast tea.

New Vithanakande Ceylon Tea Bowl 08-23-14

Now that we’ve entered the last month of summer, the air feels less sultry, a little cooler, and the plants are showing tinges of tiredness around the edges. They’ve given forth their bounty and are beginning to whisper of decline into cooler weather. Still, I busy myself in the garden, snipping spent flowers to encourage a little more blooming and color as August fades and September approaches.

Until next time, dear friend, enjoy your tea!

“I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.” ~Violette LeDuc

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3 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Kevin Knox says:

    Lovely post as always Karen. I ordered a packet of this tea and a sample of the much more expensive sister lot (TC87) and found both to be lovely and excellent value at their respective price points. My impression is that top-quality Ceylons are seriously under-appreciated in the U.S. and so I appreciate Upton sourcing the finest of these teas all the more. I love Darjeelings, Keemuns and Fujian black teas and Assams, but for balance and versatility these Ceylons are hard to beat.

    • artandtea says:

      Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment, Kevin! I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying those Ceylon teas. The lower grown, higher end Ceylons are my favorites, too. Cheers!

  2. Steph W says:

    I like to try and guess what you’re drinking by the photo. 🙂

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