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drank Scarlet Sable by Samovar
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This one sounds really intriguing – blending lapsang and lychee again, but with bergamot and rooibos in the mix too. The dry leaf looks pretty much as one would expect, with a good proportion being rooibos and a smell that has both smoky and sweet notes.

Steeped up after four minutes, I’ve got a medium dark brown clear liquor that has a very complex scent – if I concentrate I can pick out all the elements, though the bergamot is the furthest in the background. The taste is similar to the lychee/Lapsang blend, but with the characteristic sweet/woody rooibos flavor along for the ride. Again, very little bergamot, just a shade I get now and then. I drank the whole cup without additives and think I’d probably prefer it that way than with cream and sugar. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of Samovar’s other varieties.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Jaime

I’m going to have to try some of these lapsang blends…they sound so interesting.

Adham

I’d gotten so used to drinking Lapsangs straight that I never considered how they might be in a blend – I’m glad Samovar opened my eyes to a whole new range of teas.

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Jaime

I’m going to have to try some of these lapsang blends…they sound so interesting.

Adham

I’d gotten so used to drinking Lapsangs straight that I never considered how they might be in a blend – I’m glad Samovar opened my eyes to a whole new range of teas.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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