1.5 tsp for 240mL water @ 80C, steeped 3 minutes, drunk bare.

A sweet and spicy jasmine green … though there’s not a lot of jasmine on the go. This blend is a nostaglic favourite for me, one I drank a lot in autumns at university.

Liquor is a bronzing yellow. Lots of orange pith and peel in with the leaves, but it’s the clove and cassia that bring this tea up to its own weird and lovely level. If the water is too hot, this tea will get bitter and soapy.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 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 next spring 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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