5 tsp for 1100mL water, strong (3-minute steep) black tea setting with basket cycle in the Breville. Drunk bare. Rating: 100.

Yeah, I found a few extra pennies and scarfed up some more HB. Today it’s mostly chewy Yunnan and winey Keemun, creamy heft and faint smoke. One of my favourite blends EVER.

I also promised an empty tin to a young Star Wars fan I know. But I’ve got to drink the tea first. Win-win.

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE. New novel this March called THIS MARLOWE.

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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