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1 scant TB for 450mL water, bare.

Musky, smoky, peppery. As I’ve said before, an excellent black needle Yunnan. I hoard this one a bit, as ordering from Stash in Oregon, US, gets expensive — nearly $15.00 in shipping alone to Canada — so I order a lot at once. My favourite Yunnan. Dancing tastebuds here this morning.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Even cooled off, it’s still delicious. Honey and floral notes now.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Notes on a second steep …

I never used to steep tea more than once. That comes from snobbiness, ignorance, and bad experience in re-steeping low quality tea. Lately, after experimenting with some oolongs, and after a good hard look at my bank balance, I am re-steeping much more often. Some teas and tisanes re-teep better than others, of course.

This Black Needle offering from Stash will lose a lot of pepper and musk, but a second steep is still delicious and refreshing — much more mineral this time round, as I think I’ve noted before, and a bit more earth.

“Expensive” tea can, of course, be quite economical.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Even cooled off, it’s still delicious. Honey and floral notes now.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Notes on a second steep …

I never used to steep tea more than once. That comes from snobbiness, ignorance, and bad experience in re-steeping low quality tea. Lately, after experimenting with some oolongs, and after a good hard look at my bank balance, I am re-steeping much more often. Some teas and tisanes re-teep better than others, of course.

This Black Needle offering from Stash will lose a lot of pepper and musk, but a second steep is still delicious and refreshing — much more mineral this time round, as I think I’ve noted before, and a bit more earth.

“Expensive” tea can, of course, be quite economical.

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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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