Thursday, May 11, 2017

Darjeeling Sungma Summer black tea

I recently received an order from Adagio Teas and wanted to share a little about this tea.  Darjeeling teas are grown in the foothills of the Himalayas in India at heights of up to 6000 feet.  The cool, moist climate and sloping terrain is ideal. 

Sungma Summer Darjeeling is a second flush black tea from the Sungma Estate in India.

I've heard Darjeeling referred to as "the Champagne of Teas" and this one fits the bill.  The tea has a muscatel (grape) flavor and a lovely golden liquor. 
What really pleased me is the low astringency and the smoothness of this Darjeeling.  There are brewing directions on the package and I brewed mine with water at 212 degrees for three minutes  I usually take my black tea with milk, and sometimes honey, to counteract the astringency, but this tea is very smooth and tastes lovely without the addition of milk.  This is perfect for me, since lately I've been cutting down on dairy products. 

If you would like to sample this excellent tea yourself, you can find it at Adagio Teas online here.

Next, I'll be enjoying some Masala Chai, cocoa nibs and Cloister bourbon infused honey, also available at Adagio Teas.

 




Friday, January 6, 2017

Downton Abbey ornament

I've been moving a little slower since mid December due to back trouble, so I am just now getting around to taking down our Christmas tree.  It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone so quickly and a new year has commenced. 

I thought I'd show you my favorite new ornament before it is packed away for another year.  My younger daughter gave it to me and I love it!


There is so much detail on the tea tray with its lovely silver teapot and two cups of tea with spoons.



The back side shows a couple of tea sandwiches (egg salad?), as well as scones with clotted cream and jam. 

This is a Kurt Adler, officially licensed Downton Abbey ornament.  The set measures 4.13 inches.  It was purchased at Amazon.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.




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