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Tea of the afternoon……

From ScottTeaman. (Thank you!)

I notice fruit notes, and an overall brightness. I knew that Darjeelings were brighter tasting teas than your typical blacks. In a way, I kind of liken this as the un-black tea. You know, kind of like Sprite is the un-cola….. It really is its own category even though I do think it is classified as a black tea.

The fruit notes are of apricots and citrus, and there might be slight floral notes of flowers that are sweet like gardenia. I can enjoy drinking this without additions, which makes me want to investigate Darjeelings further. Thank you, Scott!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
LadyLondonderry

I have been thinking about making Darjeelings my next black tea to explore, probably during the summer months. Last summer I waded into Ceylons and ended up finding some that I loved, so perhaps there are a few Darjeelings out there with my name on them! (Of course, if I order them from Upton, they’ll definitely have my name on them … ;-))

SimplyJenW

You are so right that Upton is the place for Indian teas. I have heard it is where they really shine. And yes, they can have any name on them that you want! ;)

LadyLondonderry

I read that, too, though I love many of their Chinese teas just as much. Today I received my order with a fresh supply of the organic China Black FOP - I was starting to feel quite deprived without it in my cupboard. Of course, I ordered some Kenilworth Ceylon and Daisajan Assam while I was at it.:)

LadyLondonderry

The system must have done something weird with that last comment, because I certainly didn’t format it with a strike-through in the last sentence!

SimpliciTEA

Surrounding the text with the ‘-’ character does that, as in strikethrough

This post may help http://steepster.com/discuss/1894-how-to-use-text-formatting-symbols-formatting-can-be-fun

LadyLondonderry

Thanks, SimpliciTEA! In this case it was purely accidental, but it’s good to know these formatting tricks. :-)

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LadyLondonderry

I have been thinking about making Darjeelings my next black tea to explore, probably during the summer months. Last summer I waded into Ceylons and ended up finding some that I loved, so perhaps there are a few Darjeelings out there with my name on them! (Of course, if I order them from Upton, they’ll definitely have my name on them … ;-))

SimplyJenW

You are so right that Upton is the place for Indian teas. I have heard it is where they really shine. And yes, they can have any name on them that you want! ;)

LadyLondonderry

I read that, too, though I love many of their Chinese teas just as much. Today I received my order with a fresh supply of the organic China Black FOP - I was starting to feel quite deprived without it in my cupboard. Of course, I ordered some Kenilworth Ceylon and Daisajan Assam while I was at it.:)

LadyLondonderry

The system must have done something weird with that last comment, because I certainly didn’t format it with a strike-through in the last sentence!

SimpliciTEA

Surrounding the text with the ‘-’ character does that, as in strikethrough

This post may help http://steepster.com/discuss/1894-how-to-use-text-formatting-symbols-formatting-can-be-fun

LadyLondonderry

Thanks, SimpliciTEA! In this case it was purely accidental, but it’s good to know these formatting tricks. :-)

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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