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2 TB for 600mL pot, bare, steeped 8 minutes on a warming plate.

Okay, the only reason I’m logging about Damn Fine Holiday Blend AGAIN is because I keep experimenting with it and want to share. This time I made a small pot and steeped it on the mug-warmer playe I keep on my desk these days. Highly recommend one for your small pots.

Normally I use 1 TB for 500mL, but today tried adding “one for the pot.” Then carefully poured some of this ambrosia into a small china cup.

Yep, right thing to do.

Slightly heavier body, no bitterness, dark copper liquor, bright Ceylon (?) notes, assertive Assam malt. Winey Keemun (?) in the aftertaste. Faintest whiff of Darjeeling, I think.

Every batch of HB I’ve made has been slightly different. Very glad I ordered another tin, because this one is 3/4 gone.

Thank you, Steepsterites, for alerting me to A&D.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Michelle Butler Hallett

Second cup from this pot yields much more Darjeeling snap and Muscatel. Bliss.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Second cup from this pot yields much more Darjeeling snap and Muscatel. Bliss.

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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.

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