1 bag for 250mL water, bare.

It’s a bagged tea. And a decaf bagged tea. So it has limits. I have found this one at once harsh and dull, and a bit thin in body.

But, the other night, quite by accident, I made it with water just off the boil, at much the same temp I’d make green tea with. I didn’t get to the kettle in time, and then got distracted, hence the cooler water. Guess what? It greatly improved this tea. Steeped in slightly cooler water, it comes out sweet rather than bitter, gentler, and almost creamy, with a touch of Keemunish smoke in the aftertaste. The bergamot balances quite nicely without smelling like either perfume or furniture polish. I really enjoyed it.

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185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

Thoroughly enjoyed this cuppa before bed last night. Must re-try Stash’s decaf English Breakfast with cooler water, too. That one can be bitter.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Just swigged a bit left in my travel mug from last night. This tea is very nice cold.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

Thoroughly enjoyed this cuppa before bed last night. Must re-try Stash’s decaf English Breakfast with cooler water, too. That one can be bitter.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Just swigged a bit left in my travel mug from last night. This tea is very nice cold.

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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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