To celebrate the end of 2015 and the start of a new year, I will be sipping the champagne of teas, also known as Darjeeling.
I tried this tea once before in a tea room, and I must say I was not fond of the flavor. But that was also the day I sampled lavender shortbread & that may have ruined my taste buds for a long time.
True Darjeeling tea is grown, harvested and manufactured in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It is most commonly a black tea, however Green Darjeeling is becoming popular.
I am brewing a readily available and affordable Darjeeling from Twinings.
After a three minute steep time, the color is lighter than my normal cup of black tea.
At first sip, I enjoy the flavor, there is something familiar about it. Then, the after taste hits. It tastes smoky, musky or some word I can not seem to find. It is not bad, it just isnt great.
But, I continue to sip & sip!
Lasting thoughts on Darjeeling, the Champagne of Teas:
I enjoyed this tea if for no other reason than to double check my initial opinion. It is a good tea, not memorable, and not a tea I would reach for all the time.
Most any tea drinker has heard of or has tasted a cup of Earl Grey.
After all, by some historical accounts Earl Grey tea has been sipped since the 1830’s.
The distinctive flavor that tea drinkers have come to love is extracted from the oil found in the rind of a bergamot orange.
But how does that happen?
There are different methods to achieve this infusion of flavor.
One method is to blend the flower, fruit or spice with the dried tea leaves, to produce a light and delicate flavoring.
Another method is to spray or coat the tea leaves with extracts or essential oils during the drying process. This will produce a more robust or flavorful tea.
Each manufacturer will use a set method and ratio of flavoring to produce their brand of Earl Grey tea.
That means each cup of Earl Grey will differ slightly in brew & taste.
This statement is very true.
I have sipped many cups of Earl Grey tea and each one is different.
Keep your eyes on the blog for a comparison of my favorite Earl Grey tea brands!
I found this book by happenstance. It is so hypnotizing that I am going to give it a permanent home on the book shelf!
I have mentioned before that I am a happy fluff, light reading kind of fiction girl. Well this book proved you should go outside your comfort genre and try something new.
The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly, is a novel filled with suspense, murder & star crossed love & was quite the page turner!
This book had me reading until my eyes blurred at night and then reaching for it with my first morning sips of tea.
The setting- East London, not the richy well dressed London, but the hardworking yet close to poverty side in 1888.
Fionna, a hardworking tea packer has a dream. One she shares with life long love Joe. They will leave this place of despair one day and make it on their own. They save to open up their own shop one day.
Tragedy strikes and Fionna knows she must leave all she has known behind for survivals sake.
I want to tell you more…but that would take away the thrill of reading it yourself! I will say there is a smattering of language, some gore and sensuality. Nothing that I thought was cringe worthy but everyone has their own levels of tolerance.
The Tea Rose has many twists and turns and will leave you breathless and reading every spare moment you can!
Get a copy of The Tea Rose: A Novel (The Tea Rose Series) today!!
A favorite line from chapter 24-
~ Fionna found life’s trials easier to bear with a strong cup of tea in hand.