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drank Tie Guan Yin by Send Me Tea
14 tasting notes

Today I tried a slightly higher tea-to-water ratio of one-and-a-quarter teaspoons per cup (250ml). Last time I was drinking this tea in the cool evening, and probably paid more attention to its subtleties.

Today I’m drinking it in the middle of a very warm day, and I found that the first steeping had good body but I couldn’t really pick up on that subtle floral finish from last time.

Again, the first steeping was enjoyable but the second steeping was my favourite. The third didn’t really do much for me at all.

Will try one-and-a-half teaspoons next time, and I really must investigate using filtered water.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I inherited the tea-drinking gene from my mother and my grandparents. My sister inherited the coffee-drinking gene from my father – unfortunately I couldn’t save her!

In my teens, I thought that Twinings loose tea was the pinnacle of quality tea. It wasn’t until my wife stumbled across the Lupicia store in Melbourne and brought home some Lapsang Souchong (the Twinings loose tea variety seems hard to come by around here nowadays) that I realised there’s a whole world of quality tea out there.

I drink tea every day, although I’ve been trying to limit my intake of black tea – I recently realised that I was downing eight-to-ten cups of strong black tea a day! I love the rituals in tea-making as much as the tea itself, and I always look forward to sharing new teas with friends over a chat at the dining table.

My father was given a gift of some oolong tea in Hong Kong, which he hands out very sparingly, and I’ve just started to explore oolong teas myself.

Generally, however, my taste in tea leans towards black teas that are big and bold, such as Lapsang Souchong. I do also enjoy green tea, but I fear that Lapsang has ruined my tastebuds forever! Ah, Lapsang, you are a fickle friend…

I live in regional Victoria, Australia, with the missus and three little ‘uns. Coming from an Italian background, my wife prefers coffee to tea, but will occasionally try a new tea with me. My tea rituals seem to have captured the imagination of my two oldest children, and the highlight of 2011 (apart from the birth of our third child) was when my six-year-old was asked what he’d like to drink with his evening meal, and he replied “I’ll have Russian Caravan please!”

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Victoria, Australia