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Tea of the afternoon…..

I was at the eye doctor today with my son. They happened to have this as a wrapped bag along with hot water, so I thought I would give it a go. It was pretty good. I don’t think I steeped very long, and the water was out of one of those office type hot water dispensers. I am surprised to read it is 100% Assam. I seem to have it in my head that Assam is bitter and over the top, but this one certainly was not. I did probably steep for about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes, so as long as I do my Chinese blacks for sure. Hmmm. I may have to consider this one!

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Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

This is one of the first we bought. My youngest loves IB and this one and the one by Grace Rare Tea were two of our first loose leaf teas.

LadyLondonderry

Whenever I’m out and I’m served bagged tea, I’m always greatly relieved when it turns out to be Harney!

Serendipitea

Wow, I wish my kiddo’s optometrist offered H&S tea!

Not that I’ve tried a whole lot of Assams, but I don’t find them bitter as much as I they can be very astringent .. If steeped too long they can really make my mouth pucker, and their boldness is like a double espresso kwim?!

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ashmanra

This is one of the first we bought. My youngest loves IB and this one and the one by Grace Rare Tea were two of our first loose leaf teas.

LadyLondonderry

Whenever I’m out and I’m served bagged tea, I’m always greatly relieved when it turns out to be Harney!

Serendipitea

Wow, I wish my kiddo’s optometrist offered H&S tea!

Not that I’ve tried a whole lot of Assams, but I don’t find them bitter as much as I they can be very astringent .. If steeped too long they can really make my mouth pucker, and their boldness is like a double espresso kwim?!

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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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