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Taken with a teaspoon of sugar and half and half.

Oh BOY I think this is the best English Breakfast Blend I’ve ever had the pleasure to sip! Complex and nuanced – I feel like I can taste the slightly fruity darjeeling-ness, a bit of smoky chewy Keemun-ness, and a robust malty Assam-ness and the Ceylon is smoothing things nicely – it is an invisible binder in a way – I don’t taste it but I feel it’s doing its job. I think what is making this a standout to me is the fruitysmoky. Very unique. Very enjoyable! Very much a whole tin kinda tea!!! I’d like to take it to 5 minutes and see what I get – there was absolutely no bitterness at 4 minutes and you know I like em bold :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teaplz

This one is smooth enough and delicious to be drunk straight as well! Seriously love this one!

JacquelineM

I’d like to try that as an afternoon tea at perhaps 3 minutes! I took a sip before adding my additions and it was delightfully fruity!

teaplz

This one is amazing if you’re familiar with black teas (like you are!). It’s just SO much fun, picking out the different varities in here. LOVE this one. Definitely my favorite English Breakfast! SO happy you agree!

PattiM

This is on my list to try this afternoon! (Great minds and all that)

Harfatum

Nice description, I’ll have to add this one to my shopping list.

~lauren.

Me, too! Haven’t had any GM yet, but I am going to start compiling a list of their teas and adding this one on to it – though I may just do that 31 tea sampler they have on their website and get all their products in one go – y’know just to try and find all my favorites.

JacquelineM

Lauren – the sampler is sooooo fun! That’s what I did!!

~lauren.

Can I ask something? When you got your GM sampler, did you add all 31 to your steepster cupboard … how did you treat that sampler? From what I understand, you only get one serving of each tea …

JacquelineM

No I didn’t – I only add things that I have at least an ounce of. None of my samples are in my cupboard. Some people do, though! I guess it depends on how much time you want to devote to it – I thought it would drive me crazy putting the samples in and out. I also like to use my cupboard as a list of things that I can offer to people as samples – like if someone offers to send me a sample of something I can say Look at my cupboard to see what you want for a trade! but I couldn’t do that with the things I only have a sample of…

~lauren.

Good point – organizationally, right now, I only have teas in my s.cupboard if I have more than one serving of it. Also, serves as a reminder that I do physically own it and can try it if a particular tealog from one of my steepster friends catches my eye.

~lauren.

Just to round out this discussion, ordered the GM 31 Sampler! Used ‘Steepster’ as coupon code for free shipping! I can’t wait to try this tea! So very :)

JacquelineM

YAY!! There are so many delicious ones! Enjoy!

~lauren.

Oh no…. the waiting now begins for the delivery person!

teaplz

Yay! So happy you jumped into the fray, Lauren! It’s going to be so much fun for you! :)

~lauren.

There’s no stopping me now! hehehehe :)

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teaplz

This one is smooth enough and delicious to be drunk straight as well! Seriously love this one!

JacquelineM

I’d like to try that as an afternoon tea at perhaps 3 minutes! I took a sip before adding my additions and it was delightfully fruity!

teaplz

This one is amazing if you’re familiar with black teas (like you are!). It’s just SO much fun, picking out the different varities in here. LOVE this one. Definitely my favorite English Breakfast! SO happy you agree!

PattiM

This is on my list to try this afternoon! (Great minds and all that)

Harfatum

Nice description, I’ll have to add this one to my shopping list.

~lauren.

Me, too! Haven’t had any GM yet, but I am going to start compiling a list of their teas and adding this one on to it – though I may just do that 31 tea sampler they have on their website and get all their products in one go – y’know just to try and find all my favorites.

JacquelineM

Lauren – the sampler is sooooo fun! That’s what I did!!

~lauren.

Can I ask something? When you got your GM sampler, did you add all 31 to your steepster cupboard … how did you treat that sampler? From what I understand, you only get one serving of each tea …

JacquelineM

No I didn’t – I only add things that I have at least an ounce of. None of my samples are in my cupboard. Some people do, though! I guess it depends on how much time you want to devote to it – I thought it would drive me crazy putting the samples in and out. I also like to use my cupboard as a list of things that I can offer to people as samples – like if someone offers to send me a sample of something I can say Look at my cupboard to see what you want for a trade! but I couldn’t do that with the things I only have a sample of…

~lauren.

Good point – organizationally, right now, I only have teas in my s.cupboard if I have more than one serving of it. Also, serves as a reminder that I do physically own it and can try it if a particular tealog from one of my steepster friends catches my eye.

~lauren.

Just to round out this discussion, ordered the GM 31 Sampler! Used ‘Steepster’ as coupon code for free shipping! I can’t wait to try this tea! So very :)

JacquelineM

YAY!! There are so many delicious ones! Enjoy!

~lauren.

Oh no…. the waiting now begins for the delivery person!

teaplz

Yay! So happy you jumped into the fray, Lauren! It’s going to be so much fun for you! :)

~lauren.

There’s no stopping me now! hehehehe :)

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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