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1TB, 500mL water, no milk or sugar

Oh, MY! I steeped this in a little 500mL teapot set on a desktop mug-warmer … and then FORGOT about it. Half an hour later, I found it. I thought, oh well, let’s see how bad this got.

Guess what?

It’s amazing.

Dark liquor, yes, but clear, no murk or sediment. No bitterness! A simply divine scent of some mysterious fruit brandy — beyond raisin — then the taste of really, really good deep Assam. An astringent finish, but I like that with Assam. The brandy-like scent translates to a heavy-wine mouthfeel, something like what you get with a good Keemun, only heftier.

Kopili Estate, I salute you.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
gmathis

This is, I think, my absolute favorite basic, no-nonsense breakfast tea. (Well, one of them.)

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s utterly dependable. An excellent tea.

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gmathis

This is, I think, my absolute favorite basic, no-nonsense breakfast tea. (Well, one of them.)

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s utterly dependable. An excellent tea.

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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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St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

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