It's a perfect day for tea. It is either snowing, sleeting or raining, depending on which minute you happen to look out the window. The cats have snagged all the warm spots and it is pretty gloomy, even with the lights on.
I am having some of Upton's Premium Quality BOP Nilgiri. BOP stands for Broken Orange Pekoe., meaning a largish leaf that has been chopped. Nilgiri is in the far southwest of India and means Blue Mountains. Perhaps they have a blueish haze like our Blue Ridge Mountains. Upton's recommends a 3 minute brew with boiling water. The smallish, dry, black and brown leaves give off an odor of old wood in the sun. The brewing tea has that fresh wash aroma.
Taste wise, this is nothing special. It just tastes like tea. It is pleasant and very middle-of-the-road. There is nothing wrong with that, as we can't spend all our time searching for each little nuance in every cup we drink, although that is also very pleasant and rewarding. I would serve this to people who aren't adventurous and I think it would make a good tea for a tea party as it is so pleasant. I think it would probably go well with almost anything you serve. For myself, I am going to push the steep time to 31/2 minutes and see how that affects the taste.