I have way too much tea and honestly it’s making me uncomfortable. I’ve spent more on tea this year than my motorcycle is worth, which isn’t worth much because it’s an ‘82 Honda. But still, that’s a significant amount to spend on tea. I’ve never owned a lot of belongings and don’t particularly enjoy being weighed down by them, so dammit, no more tea! I went a little crazy this year with it, I think as a distraction from a failing relationship, several deaths and the dissolution of the company I worked for for 5 years. There are much worse vices I could’ve tried on for size, especially in this neighborhood.
I’ve gained some clarity over the past few weeks. I will be moving at the end of the year and would like to continue stripping away unnecessary weight. Thus begins a deliberate drink-down process, as well as considering the utility of most of my belongings and rehoming of unneeded items. Mostly unrelated to that…
This Pure Darjeeling sachet from Glenburn Tea was yet another freebie from the tea festival. It didn’t truly excite me, so one less tempting tea to purchase. It’s clearly a good quality Darjeeling sachet, smelling spicy and bright, with hints of citrus and a red fruit. The aroma was more musky than grapey muscatel and had other notes of orange, wood, pomegranate and alcohol. The first taste to hit my tongue was one of overripe strawberry followed by a mixture of orange, oak, mahogany, muscatel, mustiness and a hint of leather. The overripe strawberry faded away with subsequent sips. The liquor had a good, glassy and clean body, a little brisk with some astringency. Tartness was noticed on the sides of my tongue and my mouth watered. The light aftertaste was of muscatel and orange. A second steep was muskier, woodier and more astringent so I did not pursue a third steep.
Overall, it was an enjoyable tea and I would definitely recommend this as an easy daily drinker.
(Western, 8oz, 195F, 4/5m)