Good morning, dear tea friends! Tomorrow is the first day of spring, the time of year when I want to throw open all my windows and usher out the stagnant winter air in favor of fresh spring breezes. That will have to wait a few days though as we’re expecting some snow tomorrow, a New England welcome to spring. This past week, we had temps near 70, thunderstorms, blustery winds and now snow. Never a dull weather moment in my little corner of the world! On to tea…
First flush season is well underway in the Darjeeling area in northeastern India. Samples are arriving daily and we’re contemplating purchases. Nothing has arrived just yet so I’m celebrating the season with a Namring Upper Estate first flush selection from last year.
Namring Estate is a very large estate divided into two parts, Namring and Namring Upper. Namring Upper has a steeper elevation and produces the best tea from what I’ve read.
I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes in boiling point (212F) water.
As with most first flush teas, the leaves are variegated from greens to browns with some silver sprinkled in.
Such pretty colors.
The golden amber liquor has a fresh, inviting aroma with notes of sweet flowers.
The flavor is as fresh as a spring day you can’t wait to go out walking in because the air is filled with awakening and hope. The cup is smooth and sweet with notes of flowers and a crisp, refreshing finish. Very yummy.
Speaking of walking, that’s next on my agenda today, followed by shopping for Easter goodies for my grandkids.
Until our next time together, enjoy your cuppas and the start of spring!
Something opens our wings
Something makes boredom and hurt disappear
Someone fills the cup in front of us
We taste only sacredness