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This one is a winner. I agree with JacquelineM…that it is like Golden Snail’s tall, dark, and handsome brother. I want to add, the smoother and more sophisticated brother, you know the one that you swoon over every time he leaves the room. It is very dark cocoa, a little earthiness, and slight smoke. Very rich and deep. But oh so smooth and sophisticated.

I have been reading a bit of Michael Harney’s book (it was on the shelf at my local library!) and he mentioned that one of his tea mentors (I know you did not exactly call him this, Mike, but it sounds like he shaped a good deal of how your decide which teas to buy) said that he only buys and stocks teas that make him happy on sampling. Yes, this is a long, drawn out way to say: This is a tea that makes ME happy!

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JacquelineM

See, it’s Intoxicating :) : ) :)

ashmanra

I am sick of soda! Driving out of town and hitting drive-thrombus all day…I already decided I was brewing a whole pot of this when I get home, regardless of the time! I only slept three hours last night. Surely it can’t keep me awake tonight and I need some GOOD TEA!

ashmanra

Wow, autocorrect got drive-thrombus out of drive-thru? Crazy. And it just sounds so WRONG!

SimplyJenW

I have heard some doozies from that auto-correct…..

Angrboda

That’s why auto-correct is the very first thing to be turned off around here. :) If I have to sit and keep an eye on it not making a mess of what I’m writing by substituting wrong words, I may as well just sit and keep an eye out for typos.

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JacquelineM

See, it’s Intoxicating :) : ) :)

ashmanra

I am sick of soda! Driving out of town and hitting drive-thrombus all day…I already decided I was brewing a whole pot of this when I get home, regardless of the time! I only slept three hours last night. Surely it can’t keep me awake tonight and I need some GOOD TEA!

ashmanra

Wow, autocorrect got drive-thrombus out of drive-thru? Crazy. And it just sounds so WRONG!

SimplyJenW

I have heard some doozies from that auto-correct…..

Angrboda

That’s why auto-correct is the very first thing to be turned off around here. :) If I have to sit and keep an eye on it not making a mess of what I’m writing by substituting wrong words, I may as well just sit and keep an eye out for typos.

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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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