drank Hawaii-Grown Black by Samovar
237 tasting notes

My mind is playing tricks on me – I could have sworm that I’d ordered 50g of this tea, but taking a closer look at the packaging today, it turns out it was only 25g. Wishful thinking at work!

In any case, with Thanksgiving coming up this week (in the USA anyway), it seemed like a starchy, sweet potato-like tea would be a good choice. Yes, this one is always a good choice. It is very much the tea equivalent of comfort food for me with its sweet, starchy warmth and complete lack of bitterness.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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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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