by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
It’s time for another adventure. This one is Frost Tea, a high-grown (meaning at a high elevation – in this case 7,000 ft) tea from the Southern Ghats Mountains in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu in India. The name comes from it being grown in the coldest month of winter, so the leaves get frost on them, which affects the flavor. Time to see just what that effect is.
The dry tea is a surprise and unlike other Nilgiri teas we in the Tea Gang have steeped for our human caretakers. It’s more like a tea from one of the Darjeeling gardens in West Bengal, India. A fruity, Muscatel fragrance. Gee, this should be interesting. I got Mr. Tea Kettle busy heating water to a boil while I prepared the Tea Gang member teapot we bought awhile back from Barnes & Noble to steep it for 2.5 minutes. Once the process was done, we served it up for my humans’ assessment.
The flavor was true to the aroma of that dry tea. The liquid had a peachy color and fruity, Muscatel aroma, and the flavor was similar. The one drawback is that it initially had a touch of bitterness – you could add a bit of honey or other sweetener or even some lemon to help that. Better yet, just let it cool a little which seems to lessen any bitterness almost entirely but makes it a bit tangy.
Just look at the leaves after steeping (very Darjeeling-like):
It seems that The Republic of Tea isn’t all dust-in-a-bag, so-heavily-flavored-that-no-tea-flavor-is-detectable. They have dipped their toe in the waters of premium teas with pretty good results so far. And we at the Tea Gang, including yours truly, and our humans are pleased. The world needs more really good tea. TOOOOT!
See our adventure with their Golden Yunnan.
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text