drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh, wow. I steeped at about 98C for 3 minutes like I usually do with black teas. The colour is a gorgeous red-brown, and looks like it would be a perfect base for a spiced Thai iced tea recipe.

The tea? Oh geez. Bitter AND astringent. Behind the blech are some lovely malty and floral notes.

I ended up adding a bunch of milk and more honey than I usually do, but I think I’m going to dump this and try brewing with much cooler water for 2 minutes.

Edit: And as I sat here applying for work and eating my stew, the tea is gone. Maybe I don’t dislike it as much as I thought it did? Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention and would have drank pretty much anything.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bear With Me

I had similar initial thoughts, but it has really grown on me. Because it’s a CTC leaf, I find I use about 1/3 the amont of leaf for the perfect cup. but that’s just me.

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird because I have some (admittedly old) CTC Assams that I love. This one is just those times a lot on the astringent/bitter scale. I’ll try using less leaf, as well as a bit cooler temperature. :)

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Bear With Me

I had similar initial thoughts, but it has really grown on me. Because it’s a CTC leaf, I find I use about 1/3 the amont of leaf for the perfect cup. but that’s just me.

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird because I have some (admittedly old) CTC Assams that I love. This one is just those times a lot on the astringent/bitter scale. I’ll try using less leaf, as well as a bit cooler temperature. :)

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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