It's lovely cool day today, especially welcome after so much heat - good weather for having a hot cup of tea. Today's is Sun Moon Lake Black Tea from China via Life in Teacup, one of my favorite companies. It is Taiwan/Formosa's famous black tea. The leaves are indeed black, long and twisted. There is a slight wine barrel aroma in the packet, not a great deal, as this is only a sample.
The brewed tea is much lighter reddish amber than I expected and smells very woodsy, with a definite hint of tobacco. This does not come through very much in the taste of the brew, which tends slightly towards fruity, with just hints of the wood, wine in it. It's somewhat hard to pin down, so, for me, it is intriguing. It has that quality of "more, please" that some really good teas have. So that is what I am going to do.
Did you know there is a Tea Encyclopedia on line? Yup, www.teaencyclopedia.org I suspect it is from some non-English speaking country, as the language is not quite our type of English and the "blog roll" is in what I think are Chinese characters.. The list, so far, is not huge, but it's interesting. Check it out.
The birds are beginning to bring their young to the feeders. Such a racket! hey are somewhat endearing, as they struggle to fly and land on a small bit of metal. They do overwhelm their parents!