1.5 tsp for 300mL @100C, steeped four minutes thirty seconds, drunk bare.

I love smoky black tea. I’m not crazy about tarry tea. There’s a big difference.

This one’s a blend of three teas plus lapsang souchong. I am trying to pick out the other three. I’m guessing a Keemun, a usual component in a Russian Caravan, and maybe a Ceylon? There’s a sunny brightness here that’s often missing from Chinese black tea. Sweet notes in the finish. A smooth feel. Smoky, but not suffocatingly so. I think I’m in love.

TeaBrat

I like this a lot too. It’s nice on a cold morning!

Michelle Butler Hallett

I might just make this my first cup tomorrow.

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TeaBrat

I like this a lot too. It’s nice on a cold morning!

Michelle Butler Hallett

I might just make this my first cup tomorrow.

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

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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