1 bag for 250mL water @98C, steeped 4 minutes.


A good Darjeeling, especially for a bagged tea. I’ve said before it forgives a long steep, but it can get bitter if left too long. Coddled with water just off the boil, it rewards you with lots of Muscatel, a bit of spice and a pleasant atringency. No woody notes. Dependable and not expensive.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE. New novel this March called THIS MARLOWE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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