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I’m not feeling particularly inspired today so I went for an old faithful rather than something that requires concentration and attention. This is still my go-to shu even after all this time and all these teas that I have been trying.

It brews dark reddish-brown, reflecting beautifully in the glass cha hai and gleaming with an internal light. There is something marvellous about seeing my yu ru pot steaming on the chapan with a full cha hai next to it. The earthy aroma wafts upwards from the tray and I sip the tea down. It is round-ound-ound and rich, a freshly ploughed field. There is no fishiness to the flavour or to the aroma. Lovely. A perfect accompaniment to my lunch (a bacon and stilton sandwich). The flavours seem to complement each other beautifully: sweet, salty, sour and earthy all together. And while I digest it, I read The Wanderer again (Anglo-Saxon poem not Dion or Quo!) and contemplate my need to include so many parenthetical statements in my tasting notes. I should be contemplating my lesson plan for tomorrow, but parenthetical statements just seem so much more interesting than what I am supposed to be doing.

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Bonnie

This is lovely. I want to look at the pot of shu and eat a sandwich while you mumble the poem with crumbs spilling out or your mouth (that would never happen, I can’t imagine it)…with proper BBC British vocalization that a Yank like me expects of course. Now I’ll have to go buy Stilton at the cheese shop and cook up some bacon!

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Bonnie

This is lovely. I want to look at the pot of shu and eat a sandwich while you mumble the poem with crumbs spilling out or your mouth (that would never happen, I can’t imagine it)…with proper BBC British vocalization that a Yank like me expects of course. Now I’ll have to go buy Stilton at the cheese shop and cook up some bacon!

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I am a qualified peripatetic berserkerologist peddling berserkjaknowledge at UCC in Cork.

My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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