Recently, I received some tea samples from Tea Horse in the UK. My selection included Darjeeling 1st Flush Margaret’s Hope, Sencha Fukujyu and G & T Blend.
Since I’m a lifetime black tea lover, I tried the Darjeeling first. I eased up on the water temp (suggested 95 degrees C) and steeped for three minutes. I’m used to drinking my black tea with milk and find that without it my throat is irritated). Since the label said “ideal to enjoy without milk” I gave it a try. What a pleasant surprise. The tea was smooth and delicious without milk. This Darjeeling is a very enjoyable cup of tea.
Since I recently purchased a hot or cold tea jug, I decided to put it to use by making iced Sencha Fukujyu (Japan’s most popular steamed green tea). Following the label directions I let boiled water cool for five minutes and then brewed the tea for one minute. I added a little honey and then poured the tea into my ice filled jug. It was not overly grassy and certainly not bitter. The flavor was lovely, even with such a short steep. I steeped the leaves for a second pot with equally tasty results.
The third tea, G & T Blend (shown above) is quite different to anything I’ve tried. It is made with Sencha, but also includes juniper berries, coriander seed, cardamom, angelica root and lemon peel for a gin inspired flavor. I’m not finished tasting this one yet and I think I need to crush the berries more next time before infusing the tea.