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drank Ceylon #1 by thepuriTea
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Tea of the afternoon……

I have a ton of purchased and “gift with purchase” samples. I really think I could go for a few months trying something new every day, so I am going to try and knock my sample stash down a few notches. I also have to curtail my tea buying a bit, so I think my shopping list will be getting longer for a while, and I am going to try and order only once a month (you cannot imagine how hard this will be! :D I have a serious tea buying problem…….and have bought for January and February-this one comes for overseas so it will be here close to Feb…or at least that is my story for now……)

This is very good. It has a bright, kind of orangey note. The leaves are huge! I am not usually a drinker of Ceylon tea, but this one tastes very good to me. It is very smooth with no bitterness or aftertaste. Lovely…..and on the list it goes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

I hear you on the curtailing part… trying to do the same. I readily admit that I’m obsessive, but always deny the compulsive part, because I’m usually good at finding ways of putting purchases off (wishlists, shopping lists are great for that). But if anyone saw the stack of cardboard boxes out in my garage right now: pffff, hope I can get them to recycling before I’m found out, and then go back to behaving. Christmas-time is always so hard though…

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Cheryl

I hear you on the curtailing part… trying to do the same. I readily admit that I’m obsessive, but always deny the compulsive part, because I’m usually good at finding ways of putting purchases off (wishlists, shopping lists are great for that). But if anyone saw the stack of cardboard boxes out in my garage right now: pffff, hope I can get them to recycling before I’m found out, and then go back to behaving. Christmas-time is always so hard though…

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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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