Hello Tea Friends!
Welcome to day 10 of my Siam Tea advent calendar.
What will I be drinking today?
Just like before the spring picking, Giddapahar Imperial Muscatel Second Flush 2017 pleases the palate with downright sublime harmony and balance. This translates to a particularly round and soft mouthfeel that covers one’s mouthfeel like a velvety clove and makes Giddapahar’s second flush 2017 a tea for almost any occasion… And a second flush that despite of the year’s adverse circumstances leaves nothing to wish for.
I get to drink a Darjeeling at last, all I have to do is not drop this one like I did on day 3…
The leaves are a mixture of browns with a touch of green and gold and a dry, wooden scent. Some stems are present which is expected for a second flush.
Steeping Parameters: 5g leaf, 200ml, 95C water
No milk or sweetener was added.
First Steep: 3 minutes
Once steeped the resulting liquid is dark brown with a red hue. It bares a dry, wooden, muscatel scent.
The first few sips reveal a rich, full flavoured tea with sour wood, sweet earth and a muscatel after taste that becomes somewhat dry.
The sourness has some astringency but not much and what is there remains pleasant even as it cools and becomes a little thicker.
Second Steep: 5 minutes
This steep is much lighter, more of a red now.
Flavour is still there, not as strong but on the verge of being medium strength. Very wooden and musky but sweeter than the first steep.
Not overly sour or bitter either considering it’s a second steep.
Here you can see the leaves are fully open. This was at the end of the second steep.
It was a lovely second steep and the strength is perfect for a pick me up. Perhaps suited to the morning for breakfast.
Join me tomorrow for another tea adventure.