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I am officially impressed with this tea. I had a cup this morning, steeped for around 2.5 minutes and I thought it was delicious. no bitterness at all, just a lovely naturally sweet black tea. I made a second cup from the same leaves this afternoon and forgot to take the leaves out for ten minutes. I hoped it might be okay, since it was the second steep, and it is! There is the slightest hint of bitterness this time, more in the “aftersip” than anything else, but definitely palatable, and nearly as enjoyable as the first. I appreciate any tea that can handle my forgetfulness…

How did it take me so long to realize I love unflavoured black teas??

KeenTeaThyme

I too was reluctant to expand my black tea horizons. My how we’ve grown! :)

Uniquity

Thank the tea gods! (Though my wallet doesn’t…)

Uniquity

Update: Eked out a third steep this afternoon as I didn’t have enough time to dump the leaves, clean up and start a new one. The tea is definitely losing it’s flavour, but even on a thin third steep, this is more impressive than the standard bagged orange pekoe. It’s sort of reminiscent of Bigelow’s Bagged Ceylon right now, which I actually enjoy.

SteepedTeaChamp

Keemun is one of my very favorite teas. This Keemun is nice – not the best, but enjoyable. Keemun is very forgiving on long steeps – this makes it a good tea for beginners looking to explore regional teas. But don’t be fooled – pretty much all teas have a very limited steep time to capture the true essence of the leaf. I love to wake up to this tea. I have at least 2 cups each morning before I go out for the day.

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KeenTeaThyme

I too was reluctant to expand my black tea horizons. My how we’ve grown! :)

Uniquity

Thank the tea gods! (Though my wallet doesn’t…)

Uniquity

Update: Eked out a third steep this afternoon as I didn’t have enough time to dump the leaves, clean up and start a new one. The tea is definitely losing it’s flavour, but even on a thin third steep, this is more impressive than the standard bagged orange pekoe. It’s sort of reminiscent of Bigelow’s Bagged Ceylon right now, which I actually enjoy.

SteepedTeaChamp

Keemun is one of my very favorite teas. This Keemun is nice – not the best, but enjoyable. Keemun is very forgiving on long steeps – this makes it a good tea for beginners looking to explore regional teas. But don’t be fooled – pretty much all teas have a very limited steep time to capture the true essence of the leaf. I love to wake up to this tea. I have at least 2 cups each morning before I go out for the day.

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Well, this needed refreshing. I have been drinking loose leaf for many years, and have fairly well nailed down my tastes. I love Chinese blacks and some other unflavoured teas. I occasionally drink flavoured teas, or herbals, but the bulk of my tea is unflavoured with no additives. I stock regularly from Teavivre with the occasional Verdant purchase and the odd re-stock at Davids. I love mint, am learning about the wide world of puerh, and prefer ripe to raw, so far. I don’t like green or green oolongs very much, white is okay and roasted oolongs are pretty good. Coconut and chamomile are awful, and I wish they weren’t in so many blends!

At home, I live with my husband and cat in a house built by my grandfather, which we love. We share many interests – books, tea, video games, board games, tv/movies. On top of that, I love crosswords and recently took up knitting again, so I’m having a hard time balancing all my passions at the moment. I’m a big fan of Doctor Who, as is my entire immediate family. I love spreading the Who love!

We also spend a lot of time with family, when we can. I’ve got a gaggle of younger brothers, and we like to spend time with them. The wonders of the internet allow us to spend time together even though some of them live a few hours away.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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