Friday, December 2, 2011
Summer in the Darjeeling Hills
It's a good day to go to an Indian tea estate, via Adagio Tea's Darjeeling Sungma Summer. As the name indicates, this organic tea was picked during the second, or summer flush of leaves. That means it has a little more body, , deeper flavor and less astringency than a first flush. The dry varied brown leaves give off an aroma composed of wine and cork. I brewed it at 212 dgrees for a little over 4 minutes and was rewarded with a medium brown cup, with a floral aroma reminiscent of a floral Oolong, with a grape edge.
This is a very nice tea with floral, grape and sweet components. It is juicy in that it makes your mouth feel juicy, as it does when chewing gum. That makes you want more. Which is fine with me, as this is a very nice cup of tea, which is needed today, as the gray uglies are back, spitting rain.
One brave little chickadee is singing his heart out at the bird feeder. They are cheerful little things and don't squabble as the sparrows do.
My favorite for the moment hibiscus, the double red, is getting ready to bloom again. They are such gorgeous flowers and easy to care for, easy to start from cuttings and give you such gorgeous flowers. Their one drawback is they do get a huge number of white flies in the winter, but it doesn't seem to harm them. I don't think these are the hibiscus in so many herbal tisanes. They have got to be much too pretty.