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Smells like cinnamon and black tea.
MMM…I have not had loose leaf black tea in a long time…2 years I think. This is hittin the spot! This is one of the first loose leaf teas I ever bought, and I hated it the first time I tried it. It has sat in my cupboard until tonight. I decided to give this tea another chance since I have learned more about how steeping effects the taste. And I’m looking for something warm and spicey to get rid of this Canadian cold chill I have.
Now I would call this a good black tea. But keep in mind that I’m staying away from black tea and have not tried any other black loose leaf teas (except Blueberry Bush by Teaopia). It goes down smooth, it’s not bitter. I don’t taste the apple, or cinnamon, or vanilla…so those flavours must be quite mild. When you look at the tea in package, it’s mostly black, with a few tiny pieces of extra things. So it’s not surprising that the flavour is mainly black tea. But I suppose you could add more of what you like while steeping (vanilla, cinnamon, etc). Speaking of steeping, I recommend doing this one in the Teaopia Tea Master or similar…inginui…something or other that you folks have in the states. First time, as I was new to loose leaf, I used the little mesh ball in my mug. I think that was part of the problem. Plus I probably oversteeped (especially for the amount of water in a mug) and probably was having bitter tea, not realizing that it was my fault for not making it well.
Time to end this so….yeah, it’s black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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