We are back from the beach! Hooray! It is good to go but oh so good to get back!
I missed my tea things so I wanted to have gong fu service tonight. We were having oound cake with strawberries and whipped cream, so that cries out for black tea to me. This is one of the very few black teas that my husband likes without milk and sugar.
The first steep was so silky, and the aroma was honeyed. It is rather light in color for a black tea but has plenty of flavor. At times it tasted rather savory, while having sweet and coppery aroma.
Subsequent steeps were much the same, but there were fleeting changes. Around steep four, there was a nice burnt sugar taste and the briskness increased a little. Perhaps I steeped it longer but it was really delightful that way. A steep or two later and it was suddenly very floral. Then at the very end, the lingering aftertaste has a touch of orange peel notes – a slightly bitter or brisk citrus. It still has a creamy body and this must be about the tenth or eleventh steep. The flavor really lingers.
I don’t know if I am tired from the packing up and trip home and unpacking, or if this has tons of GABA, but I am mellow, peaceful, and sleepy. Time to sit in my rocker and read Good Omens!
I have made this western style and it really wasn’t nearly as good, so this one is reserved for gong fu.