1.5 TB for 600mL pot, bare.

Still a light body with just 1.5 TB (versus 2TB yesterday) in my wicked little pot. Smoky, though, in that winy Keemun way. Not as Russian as yesterday, when I made a concentrate that might echo that comes from a samovar (I sooooo want to try tea from a samovar). Sweeter finish. Stronger than when I brew it by the mug, but I prefer it either 1 TB for 450mL or 2TB for 600mL watered down.

Adding honey … (equivalent of 1tsp … I am using the Honbibee dried honey pastilles, which I do NOT recommend) … honey mellows this tea nicely without dominating, and thereby ruining, it.

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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.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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