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Back to the Stash black needle Yunnan after a flirt with David’s Tea Black Needles while I longingly wait for my local teashop to get their supply of Yunnan back …

oh, sweet musky toasty peppery bliss. So clean. Winey. Very smooth.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Second infusion, 19 hours later — how’s that for a test? — needs a longer coax, say, 6-7 minutes, but oh my oh my … not quite as toasty but still exquisite.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Okay, how about this? Fresh leaves, left to steep in a covered — forgotten about for 11 minutes — still amazing? Not one bit bitter or barky. Strong, perhaps a little smokier (faint wisp) and less peppery than my idea steep, but an amazingly resilient tea. I just wish it was easier to get.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Second infusion, 19 hours later — how’s that for a test? — needs a longer coax, say, 6-7 minutes, but oh my oh my … not quite as toasty but still exquisite.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Okay, how about this? Fresh leaves, left to steep in a covered — forgotten about for 11 minutes — still amazing? Not one bit bitter or barky. Strong, perhaps a little smokier (faint wisp) and less peppery than my idea steep, but an amazingly resilient tea. I just wish it was easier to get.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE.

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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