95

1 scant TB for a 400mL travel mug. Drunk bare.

Steeped just four minutes this time instead of six — much more balanced. Water just off the boil vs at a rolling boil yields a better liquor, more complex, sweeter. The Assam remains assertive but does not get all woody on the aftertaste. Much more oolong and Darjeeling up front. I agree with another reviewer that Stash’s Christmas Morning rivals Tazo’s Joy. I think the Stash CM is a bit sweeter with the Assam finish, but Tazo’s Joy has more oolong in the nose. I’d need them side by side to determine which one a I like more.

All told, a beautiful blend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Good to know. I like Joy, but it’s a little hard to hunt down around here. (Literally and … figuratively? :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’ve got my 100g of CM one-third GONE. Yeesh, better switch gears today. Back to Damm Fine Holiday Blend!

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gmathis

Good to know. I like Joy, but it’s a little hard to hunt down around here. (Literally and … figuratively? :)

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’ve got my 100g of CM one-third GONE. Yeesh, better switch gears today. Back to Damm Fine Holiday Blend!

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