A short time ago, we introduced the Three MuskeTEArs on our sister blog Tea Stories from Little Yellow Teapot & His Tea Gang. (That blog is now inactive and future posts will appear here instead.) Any of you who saw that post will recognize Plummy which we bought from a local store called Cook’s Companion. Well, Plummy doesn’t like to be kept on the sidelines, so he spied our unopened sample of Golden Yunnan Black Tea that’s been sitting around awhile and started hopping about, demanding to be able to steep some up. (Those of you familiar with Little Yellow Teapot and his Tea Gang will be aware that our teawares are rather…well, uh…lively.) Rather than risk him hopping right off the kitchen counter, we acquiesced and were rewarded with quite a tasty cuppa.
Dry leaves have a rich raisiny sweetish aroma. Plummy infused them for 3 minutes in water heated to a boil. The liquid had a nice reddish brown color and a mild, smooth, malty flavor. If you want to add a little milk and sweetener, infuse for 5 minutes instead of 3 or add a bit more tea leaves to the pot than normal (about 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water). Of course, the right teapot also helps (I had to say that since the entire Tea Gang is peeking over my shoulder as I type, which they often do – sigh!). Definitely a great addition to our tea pantry and a great last-cup-of-the-night tea (don’t worry about caffeine – tea is naturally fairly low in this, plus the theanine calms you).
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