Monday, November 26, 2007

a flower in a cup!

When I was out buying tea at the specialty shop on Thursday late afternoon, I noticed a high grade of Darjeeling, and simply had to buy a little of it out of great fondness for a certain charming British physicist I know, "Dr. Stone Cold" to his friends. Just about three years ago he wrote to me about the fine qualities of this particular variety, stating:

"A good English Breakfast is a perfectly splendid addition to anyone's tea repertoire, but really, for the ultimate in hot beverage action, you need to be looking at the Darjeeling leaf - the veritable champagne of teas. A delicate, magical scent of that goes beyond the senses."

To back up his assertions, he finished off with this quote from an illustrious authority on the matter :

"Darjeeling is truly a flower in a cup, delicately perfumed, exquisite flavour notes, so enormously satisfying, it makes me tent." - HRH, The Queen.


Just having a sip now...

4 Comments:

At November 26, 2007 2:04 PM, Blogger sgazzetti said...

Yet ANOTHER thing that makes her tent.

I have heard the "champagne of teas" description somewhere else, too, maybe on the Twinings tin. I like a nice cup of Darjeeling now and then, but it can be a bit too delicate for some applications. My all-around, daily-basis, go-to tea, when I can locate it, is Irish Breakfast. At the other end of the spectrum from Darjeeling, another favorite is Lapsang Souchong. The Laphroaig of teas.

 
At November 26, 2007 2:49 PM, Blogger banjeroo said...

Lapsang Souchong is absolutely the Laphroaig of teas, all smoky and weird (but good).

Just like Orange Pekoe is the Labatt 50 of teas. (This will not be funny to you if you are unfamiliar with Canadian brands. Mwah ha ha ha.)

 
At November 29, 2007 3:26 AM, Blogger sgazzetti said...

Hey, Labatt's got me through college. On various levels, Waterville, Maine might as well be in Canada.

 
At November 29, 2007 9:40 AM, Anonymous Natalie said...

If you TRULY want a "flower in a cup", you must try Numi teas... - I gave a gift set with pot and tea to a friend last christmas. Can't say how it tastes, but they LOOK lovely.

http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ExecMacro/numitea/store.d2w/report

 

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