Today we went to the very interesting Farmer's Market in Ithaca, NY. Not only is there every sort of fruit and veggie, but there were cheeses - including the best blue I've ever had - a sheep's milk one. There are potters and artists, vintners, bakers, flower sellers and a lot of food kiosks - mostly Asian, but Cuban, Macro, crepe, ice cream and juice bars. A lot of fun. My husband bought me a beautiful new teapot, very Oriental in feel. However, the only tea I had today was some iced Jasmine. This was at the Sri Lankan food kiosk, Curry in a Hurry. It was made from a black tea and had some ingredient in it that really reminded me of all the health food stores I had been in many years ago. Nevertheless, it was very refreshing and I liked the fact that it had a different twist.
I took a different twist with some Teavana Tea I won a while ago. It is Vidyaranya Darjeeling FTGFOP1. This is billed as a black tea, but was not good unless I treated it as a green tea and even then, I wasn't much taken with it. However, as an ice tea, it shines. It is a lovely pale gold which has a full mouth feel and tastes somewhat nutty and malty, unusual in a Darjeeling. Adding sugar or honey really brings out the flavor. As usual, I did this by the cold brew method, about 5 hours in the fridge. I love to do tea this way - nothing to think about other than measuring in the tea.