Week 7 Year of tea
Because I've been very good and because it's Friday and because quite frankly, I'm worth it; Day 43 in my #yearoftea is a cracker. A Choicest Fancy Silver Tip Oolong. The picture is of a 2nd infusion though I actually had 4 Infusions (greedy or stingy?) I love oolongs anyway but this one is exceptional. Aromatic and naturally sweet, it manages to be simultaneously fruity and nutty - a lovely elegant cuppa.
Day 44 and I'm drinking a Kekecha Golden Dragon Yellow Tea. A rarity which is apparently reserved for monks, emperors and me! It's a slightly fermented white tea so similar to an oolong but more subtle. It's fresh tasting -very slightly grassy with an aftertaste which is a little like cashews.
Day 45 and I chose this one purely on the name: it's a Ceylon BlackTea called Lovers Leap. It tastes loads better without milk but even then I have to admit that it's not really my taste.
I'm obviously in the minority as this is a popular choice with customers but it's just too strong for me.
Today's #teaoftheday 46 is a Vietnam Che Xanh. Not commonly available in the UK, it's a full-bodied tea that has a bit of grassiness but still tastes quite earthy. In the 15th century, Vietnamese scholar and all-round brainpox Nguyen Trai renounced the outside world for a life of 'tea, poetry and the moon'. Think he might've been on to something...
Day 47 I love this gently flavoured tea. Because the basis is a high quality Keemun, the end result is really good. With the delicate violet scent infusing the slightly bitter leaves, it tastes like Violet Creams (which I ADORE)
Due to the success of yesterday's scented tea, I thought I'd do another. I chose this Black Tea with Ginger for my #teaoftheday48 specifically to warm me up because today has been sooooo cold. Yet again, because the basic tea is a really good quality blend, the resulting drink is also very good. The Ceylon in the mix gives it a slightly bitter taste which works perfectly with the hot and sweet from the whole pieces of dried ginger. My cockles are now toasty.
Day 49 in # yearoftea coincides with #drinkwineday so it made perfect sense to drink one of the 'Champagne of Teas' a Darjeeling 1st Flush Nagri Estate FTGFOP (Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) Although it's quite mellow, it's also light with a floral scent and a mild astringency. All Darjeelings tend to be hailed as 'complex' and 'sophisticated' but don't let that intimidate you - just think of it as a really good cup of tea.