1 TB for 450 mL water, steeped 4 minutes 15 seconds. Rating: 80

Hmm. Maybe making this one a bit stronger brings out more of the complexity I remember, but it still isn’t the same as the first batch I ever tried. Lots of creamniess and heft from the Yunnan and Keemun, and some smoke from the Keemun, but also a sharpness I’m not sure I care for, a “typical” bitterness I find in cheaper blends. The Uva maybe? Did I scald the Assam? It’s still a fine blend, but I am dinstinctly not in the mood for it this morning.

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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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