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1.5 tsp for 350mL water @ 80C. Steeped 3 minutes. Drunk bare.

An old favourite. I drank this blend a lot while in university. The individual bags came wrapped in purple foil, and it was the purple foil that got my attention.

Jasmine green with orange peel, cassia, and natural cardamom and clove flavouring — it sounds like a circus. It is. This is an old-school Stash fusion, strong and assertive and a bit strange, but I find the spices and the jasmine are reasonably well-balanced. Steep much beyond three minutes and the spices will dominate, which is also okay, if you like orange peel and cardamom. Not a brilliant jasmine tea base. This one’s a love it or hate it blend, I expect. It can get bitter and soapy of the water’s too hot. Stash only sells it loose these days, and in a 100g bag at that.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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