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I brewed up quite a dark cup of this tea, intending to have it with milk. Unfortunately I opened the fridge and- le gaspeth no milk.

And this tea i wicked strong without it – I’m half thinking of pouring it down the drain and starting over. :(

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East Side Rob

Jillian, five minutes is a tad too long a steep for a Darjeeling, especially a first flush Darjeeling. I’ll bet it was strong, and probably really tannic. The five-minute rule for black teas kinda doesn’t hold up for Darjeelings. Try giving it a two-minute steep and see how it tastes. Margaret’s Hope is a pretty good estate, although the challenge with buying single-estate teas is that some years are better than others, but it shouldn’t taste too strong or really need milk if it’s steeped right. I’d be curious if you don’t like it better the second time around with a shorter stew.

Jillian

Thank for the advice Rob. I don’t normally steep it quite that long but I wanted to added milk just to see how it would make the tea taste, so I deliberatly over-steeped. :)

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East Side Rob

Jillian, five minutes is a tad too long a steep for a Darjeeling, especially a first flush Darjeeling. I’ll bet it was strong, and probably really tannic. The five-minute rule for black teas kinda doesn’t hold up for Darjeelings. Try giving it a two-minute steep and see how it tastes. Margaret’s Hope is a pretty good estate, although the challenge with buying single-estate teas is that some years are better than others, but it shouldn’t taste too strong or really need milk if it’s steeped right. I’d be curious if you don’t like it better the second time around with a shorter stew.

Jillian

Thank for the advice Rob. I don’t normally steep it quite that long but I wanted to added milk just to see how it would make the tea taste, so I deliberatly over-steeped. :)

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