1.5 tsp for 300mL water @100C, second infusion, steeped, uh, 10 minutes 45 seconds.

I got distracted. I intended only a 5-minute steep on this beauty.

So what I’ve got her is no darker than usual but is a little astringent. It’s not bitter, but it does taste unfolded — deeper — just more itself. I can really pick out the white and the pu-er. I expect a bit of a caffeine buzz.

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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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