What does the phrase, “life happens” mean to you? I usually apply the phrase when it feels as though life is moving by non-stop at about 75 miles per hour. So fast at times that I don’t have time to stop and breathe. Time to stop and not just drink, but enjoy a cup of tea. Time to enjoy the nuances of tea and write about it.
This week, I get to enjoy a week with no school. I’m looking forward to the joy of reading a book. Inviting friends over for dinner. Blogging more frequently than twice a week. Enough rambling, it’s time to talk about tea. Today’s choice… MIM Estate.
Composition: This is a 2nd flush Darjeeling, from the Mim Estate in northern India. Second flush Darjeeling’s are harvested in June and are more fully developed.
Dry Visual: A mixture of dark brown leaves with hints of creamy edges. Many thanks to Tropical Tea Company for the picture.
Dry Aroma: Somewhat earthy.
Flavor: MIM Estate is an extremely flavorful and full-bodied tea. The flavor reminds me of a strong black tea. It has a rich fruity start that I associated with berries followed by a significantly muscatel flavor. I continue to struggle with an accurate description of muscatel – MIM Estate is quite earthy.
MIM Estate would definitely make a great breakfast tea. The strength of the tea would blend quite wonderfully with bergamot as well as stand up well to milk. Somewhat bitter, I definitely prefer MIM Estate with sweetener.
Liquor: A rich amber hue, leaning toward brown.
Brewing Time: The actual steeping time was not provided, so I relied upon prior Darjeeling steeping recommendations for an average time of 3 – 5 minutes. I steeped for 4 minutes.
Manufacturer: Tropical Tea Company
If you have had the opportunity to taste a cup of MIM Estate Tea stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!