1.5 tsp for 300mL water @ 100C, steeped 4 minutes. Drunk bare.

Best of the Assams I’ve drunk, and I’ve drunk a lot of Assam. Damn Fine’s Captain Assam comes very, very close — God, I miss the Captain — but Kopili Estate wins in the end. Never bitter. Juicy and bright and creamy and medium-to-heavy bodied. Packs a nice caffeine hit.

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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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