by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
Your buddy and ever faithful to true tea teapot here! TOOOOT! Time for the next chapter in the ongoing saga of a tea garden, having recently supervised the infusing of the two latest samples: First Flush 2015 and Second Flush 2015 of their black tea.
Awhile back we posted here about the garden in India. A particular style of tea they process from those Camellia sinensis leaves is a black tea. The flavor profile seems to fuse a number of elements of better known teas, including some fruity Darjeeling-like tang.
We always start by smelling the aroma of the leaves in each pouch. They were very similar with a nice richness that was reminiscent of apricot or raisin with a slight nutty touch in the Second Flush version. Li’l Steeping Cup, a proud member of the Tea Gang for some time now, did the infusing. I have taught him well but still wanted to be on hand for this important event. The results were very telling – little improvement.
A smooth, but fairly nondescript tea. No milk or sweetener needed. A deep amber color and mild aroma. A little nutty and tangy quality in the Second Flush.
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text