Thursday, December 8, 2011
A Snowy Day For Tea
We had snow again and this time it has lasted all day, all 1 inch of it. It was very pretty this morning, with the tree branches and pine boughs all outlined and glittering in the sun.
I just got my order from Lupicia Teas and they sent me 4 samples to try. It is so nice to get these little extras. We had a really busy day today and I was very ready for some tea by the time we got home. I decided I might as well try my new stash, so I am having Pettiagalla OP1, which is a Ceylon tea, from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka, the big island off the southwest coast of India. I love the name Ratnapura, it is so exotic and takes me right across the seas to dream of someday visiting a tea plantation.
The largish black leaves give off an earthy, chocolate aroma which morphs into a floral, piquant citrus one by the time brewing is done - 3 minutes with boiling water. The light amber liquor is very smooth, with a fairly light body. The taste is smooth and light, also, with some floral/citrus notes. A very nice afternoon tea. I wouldn't put milk in it, as it really does quite nicely alone.
On line, this tea can be found at http://www.lupiciausa.com/ You might want to go check them out, as they have some really cute tins and other gifts that are inexpensive, just in time for holiday gifts.