Friday, February 5, 2016

Frost Tea Delights Me

On Wednesday the postman rang my doorbell
and to my delight and surprise there was a beautiful
package, a gift from a tea friend, sent from Jing Tea in the UK.
We had been talking about Frost teas and this was my WOW! surprise gift.

This morning I tasted.
It was made exactly as Jing Tea recommended, steeping 3 minutes in boiling water.
Jing Tea described their Nilgiri Frost this way:
"Whole leaf, Indian black tea, Parkside Estate, Nilgiri, India.
Clean and fresh with balanced notes of sweet barley, apple and aromatic grass."
Why yes!  I definitely got the sweet barley and aromatic grass, not so much the apple.
Sipping this tea brought me to the fields of grain I once lived by in Kansas
and also a bit of Genmaicha, toastyness, which I do like.
It surprised me!
By the end of the cup I fully delighted in it.
It had a wonderful after taste which I savored.
Definitely a recommend.
Check out www.JINGTEA.COM
There was some nice teaware on their web sight too.

Quite amazingly on a side note, my Tea Time magazine arrived yesterday.
There was a two page article by James Norwood Pratt about Jing Tea Company.
He also mentioned the nice glassware from this company.
Frost tea description from Harney and Sons:
It is called “frost tea” because it is made during the cold months of December to February. Though the tea plants don’t actually go dormant, like Darjeelings, the cool temperatures in the south of India (Nilgiri) slow the growth of the leaves, concentrating the aromatic compounds. The cooler temperatures also allow .... to wither the teas at a more moderate rate which in turn draws out more of the floral and fruit notes. For those unfamiliar with teas from the Nilgiri region, this falls in between First and Second Flush Darjeelings.

Happy Weekend, dear friends!
May your cup be overflowing with LOVE.


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How lovely! :-) I finally opened my little gold packet at the office this afternoon. Just loved it. Brewed 3 infusions, preferring the first 2. Like you, I couldn't really discern the apple, either, but will pay more attention next time. The dry leaf was beautiful.

Ruth W said...

I saw the article too and was intrigued. Thanks for the report.

Linda P said...

Very interesting information, Marilyn. The tea sounds delicious.

Steph said...

Sounds like a very interesting tea!

Jeanie said...

You get very good mail! Looks cozy for a winter morning! Happy weekend!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

What a thoughtful gift from your friend in the UK.
You are so knowledgeable on all things tea - I've never heard of frost tea before.
Your description of the taste and complexity is wonderful Marilyn.
I'll keep my eye out for it in our specialty tea shops.

Sherri Schmidt said...

Looking at those photos, I can tell this is amazingly delicious.