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Tea of the morning……

This one is nice and strong. Very present notes of malt with a slight edge of smoke. It is actually a little on the brisk side for me. I get mostly Assam in this Assam and Keemun blend, which usually makes me long for my Malachi McCormick that is mostly Keemun in a blend of similar, but probably lower grades of Keemun and Assam. I now think I know where my heart lies for a permanent breakfast tea, because all I can think is how a little more Kemmun would fix this for my palate.

It has been a rough weekend. And, yes, I know I am a total wimp. I am owning it. Our air conditioning has been out and I had to brave the hot weekend without it. Hence, it is the origin of my lack of tea postings (way to hot for hot tea…I can’t believe I found my threshold for hot tea! Apparently, it is somewhere over 90 degrees.) and general crabbiness from not sleeping well. I had much iced tea and water….to the point of depleting my ice supply. Now we are back to the weather I love……mid 70s, and the air should be fixed on Friday. Did I mention that I am a wimp as far as heat is concerned? School is out, but the construction goes forward.

Usual teapot method with scant Perfect Teaspoons of tea and a 3 minute steep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Hesper June

This tea sounds right up my alley for my morning brew!
I am sorry about the heat,glad its a little cooler and AC is getting fixed soon.
I am a total whiny grump when it comes to heat, I handle cold weather so much better.

Missy

I grew up in Nevada with temperatures much higher than I experience here, but I still get cranky when summer hits here. It’s uncommon here for a home to have AC. I get that the heat I deal with now is different but no AC?! I totally feel you on being a wimp in the heat. :D

ScottTeaMan

There is a good balance between the Assam & Keemun…….I love this blend-tis’ one of my favs!

SimplyJenW

I agree that it is a good balance of Assam and Keemun. You can also tell that they are a pretty decent grade, too. I am just a lover of Keemun who does not like to add milk…. Malachi McCormick works better for me.

Ahhh, it has been beautiful today (except for the pounding on my walls). But all of that noise is temporary and we will have a gorgeous looking house.

ScottTeaMan

R U remodeling?

SimplyJenW

No. We had hail and wind damage to our roof and siding last Spring. Our first contractor did our roof and ran with part of our siding money. We are finally getting the siding done. It was one of those situations where they could not match the existing siding, so we are getting the whole house redone. I know we will love it when it is over.

ScottTeaMan

Soon I hope

Scott B

sounds like a good blend

ashmanra

When I first started ordering from Harney and Sons, I had a terrible time deciding between English Reakfast, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast. They are all good! I ended up buying the pound bag of 100% Keemun English Breakfast.

LadyLondonderry

Keemun is like cowbell — you can always use a little more. :)

SimplyJenW

OMG! So true! It IS like cowbell! LOL!

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Hesper June

This tea sounds right up my alley for my morning brew!
I am sorry about the heat,glad its a little cooler and AC is getting fixed soon.
I am a total whiny grump when it comes to heat, I handle cold weather so much better.

Missy

I grew up in Nevada with temperatures much higher than I experience here, but I still get cranky when summer hits here. It’s uncommon here for a home to have AC. I get that the heat I deal with now is different but no AC?! I totally feel you on being a wimp in the heat. :D

ScottTeaMan

There is a good balance between the Assam & Keemun…….I love this blend-tis’ one of my favs!

SimplyJenW

I agree that it is a good balance of Assam and Keemun. You can also tell that they are a pretty decent grade, too. I am just a lover of Keemun who does not like to add milk…. Malachi McCormick works better for me.

Ahhh, it has been beautiful today (except for the pounding on my walls). But all of that noise is temporary and we will have a gorgeous looking house.

ScottTeaMan

R U remodeling?

SimplyJenW

No. We had hail and wind damage to our roof and siding last Spring. Our first contractor did our roof and ran with part of our siding money. We are finally getting the siding done. It was one of those situations where they could not match the existing siding, so we are getting the whole house redone. I know we will love it when it is over.

ScottTeaMan

Soon I hope

Scott B

sounds like a good blend

ashmanra

When I first started ordering from Harney and Sons, I had a terrible time deciding between English Reakfast, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast. They are all good! I ended up buying the pound bag of 100% Keemun English Breakfast.

LadyLondonderry

Keemun is like cowbell — you can always use a little more. :)

SimplyJenW

OMG! So true! It IS like cowbell! LOL!

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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