This was the inaugural run of my new teapot today. It was wonderful! I think I am in love. And I’m already thinking that when I break this teapot, it’s not too expensive to just order another one. Though hopefully I will have a bit before that happens.
I rarely get to drink Darjeelings and Keemuns – they aren’t the best teas to take to work in my travel tumbler and the husband doesn’t like them as much so I rarely fix them on my stay-at-home days. But it’s been quite a while since I had this so I thought I’d bust it out. Hubby chose to partake so I made some for him, too.
It seems especially nutty as it cools with a tart sweetness like white grapes. The tail puts a bit of astringency at the back of my throat, almost like orange juice can. Brisk and fairly bright in taste, I enjoy it a bit more as it goes from hot to pretty warm.
Going to go make a second steep. In my new teapot! WOO!
ETA: The second steep is lovely. Much softer and sweeter than the original steep. Totally different in character. The majority of the aftertaste hits the middle of my tongue instead of the back of my throat like steep one. The nutty flavor is lighter and the tart sweet of grape has moved into something faintly more floral. No dryness or bitterness is evident and there is a mere hint of the previous tartness.