Bird & Blend Tea Advent Calendar – Day 6
Personally, I would have called it “Mrs. Claus’s Raspberry Prosecco”, but I think that’s one of those grey areas in grammar where either usage is correct…
This one is a first-flush Darjeeling base, so I lowered both my steep temperature and time just a bit. I’m sure it probably would be fine at my usual temperature, as the leaf didn’t look overly Darjeeling-esque. Often with more sensitive Darjeeling teas, I’ve found the leaves look lighter, with more green/purple hues to them. But better safe than sorry!
Happily, it’s not bitter in the least. The base seems rather unremarkable to me, there’s some mustiness and perhaps some hay notes, but otherwise it almost tastes Lipton-y. Maybe a suggestion of baked bread? Or I’m just grasping at straws now, ha ha… It is slightly astringent at the end of the sip.
I do like the added flavors quite a bit. There’s a nice authentic raspberry flavor that’s boosted by a touch of hibiscus. I’m not sure that I get orange or ginseng though.
I think the lightness and slight drying quality of the Darjeeling plus with bright flavor of the raspberry does evoke the taste of sparkling wine a bit.
I have some of this coming to be in a stash sale soon, so I’ll have to experiment with the steeping parameters a bit to see if I can get a bit more flavor out of the base tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Earth, Hay, Musty, Raspberry, Tart