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It has just started snowing here — lovely fluffy snowflakes! A cup of black tea is calling to me and this one seemed most appropriate. I actually don’t get much of a scent from the dry leaves. It’s a little surprising since I was expecting something a little sweet or perhaps spicy.

Sipping… Well, I’m not getting very much flavor at all. It’s a nice black tea with that mouth & throat drying aspect. There is a very slight sweetness in the background, but mostly it’s just the black tea base. My experience with chestnut teas says that the drying black tea actually lends itself to the chestnut texture. But in this case, where is the chestnut? The Vanilla? The texture is all there, but not the flavor.

I hope to figure out how to bring out more flavor because I’m not too impressed with this cup.

Ysaurella

how long did you steep it ? This is one of my staples and I really get the chestnut and vanilla, I generally steep it for 5 minutes and use a 90, 95° c water.

QueenOfTarts

Ysaurella, I steeped this tea for about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. I will try your suggestion and will give this tea a rebrew!

Ysaurella

oh, and add a little rock of sugar as well -this is one of the teas I always have with some sugar.

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Ysaurella

how long did you steep it ? This is one of my staples and I really get the chestnut and vanilla, I generally steep it for 5 minutes and use a 90, 95° c water.

QueenOfTarts

Ysaurella, I steeped this tea for about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. I will try your suggestion and will give this tea a rebrew!

Ysaurella

oh, and add a little rock of sugar as well -this is one of the teas I always have with some sugar.

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80-89 – Quite good! A very pleasing cup.
70-79 – Room for improvement, but not bad.
60-69 – Mediocre.
50-59 – Bad. Will not purchase.
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