Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tea Tasting - Darjeeling

Inspired by the use of the Tea Taster's Set while in Harney's Tasting Room, when I returned home I decided to break out my set and use it to sample a lovely First Flush Darjeeling from Glenburn Estate, hand carried from India by Steph of Steph's Cup of Tea and offered as a prize for participating in a writing prompt on her blog.


The tea is placed in the larger cup, filled with water at the appropriate temperature and brewed as recommended (Steph suggested 200 degrees, 3 minutes), and covered with the lid.  When the brewing time is complete, the lid is held tightly while the tea is poured out through the little riveted edge so the tea leaves remain in the steeping vessel.  Smell the wet leaves, savor the beautiful color of the brew, and sip (slurp) the sample from the cup.














Shown here are the wet leaves (left) and the dry leaves (right) for comparison.The dry leaf of the First Flush Darjeeling from Glenburn Tea Estate had a very fresh, very green fragrance to it. Darjeeling teas are considered the "champagne of Indian teas".  Personally, I noted a very light flavor to the tea with a touch of astringency accompanied with a floral note, almost an orchid-like sweetness to it.  There are many factors involved in brewing a tea, from the type of water used, the amount of leaf, and length of brewing time, that the next time I brew this tea, there might be subtle differences noted, and if you were to brew this sample, your tasting notes might differ.  That's okay! It's pretty subjective.  It is a very pleasant tea, and exciting to know that it was hand carried from the source.  Thank you so much for sharing your tea, Steph!  Stephanie has been sharing her travel journeys on her blog, and just recently shared her initial impressions of India.  Please visit Steph's blog and tell her Rosemary sent you!

8 comments:

Steph said...

What a beautiful tasting set. Thank you so much for sharing your review of the tea (and links)!

Angela McRae said...

What a pretty tea tasting set! I got one for Christmas that I intend to get to know this weekend, so I very much appreciate your directions about how properly to use it!

corinne said...

They are right when they how beautiful the tasting set is. Thank you so much for sharing with us the set and the review on tea.

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a special gift. I have seen them but never used one. Thanks for the lesson!
Ruth

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

I love your tea taster set!! SO pretty! I don't have one of those...need to find one!
Donna

Marilyn said...

That is a beautiful tasting set. What a treat to have the Darjeeling from Steph to taste from this set. I have thoroughly been enjoying Steph's blog posts too.

mar said...

i like it!! i´m mar from Spain :)

ahnn said...

The set is very beautiful and interesting. Can be very good for a tea party.

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