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I tried. I really did. More/less tea, hotter/cooler water, longer/shorter steep times. Okay, so I didn’t try all 24 combinations of those variables — I had a sample pack after all — but I think by now I’m competent at making a good cup. Nevertheless, this tea turned out weak or bitter for me. On the weaker side, I thought it was a very nice weak tea, with hay notes. I hope others have better success with this one.

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Hillel

What is it about Ceylon teas? I tried this one recently and was completely underwhelmed, which is the same reaction I’ve had to every other Ceylon tea I’ve tried. Am I missing something or are their teas just not very exciting? Well, there are lots of other teas in the world. I don’t feel obliged to spend time on these.

Brooklynsheep

I see from your profile that you like strong black teas, so Ceylons might indeed be flying under your radar. I would try them again sometime after a stretch of hot weather when all you want are green or white teas, chilled even. When the weather cools down a bit, you’ll find one slightly drizzly morning that you’d like a good cup of milky tea, and a Ceylon should taste just right.

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Hillel

What is it about Ceylon teas? I tried this one recently and was completely underwhelmed, which is the same reaction I’ve had to every other Ceylon tea I’ve tried. Am I missing something or are their teas just not very exciting? Well, there are lots of other teas in the world. I don’t feel obliged to spend time on these.

Brooklynsheep

I see from your profile that you like strong black teas, so Ceylons might indeed be flying under your radar. I would try them again sometime after a stretch of hot weather when all you want are green or white teas, chilled even. When the weather cools down a bit, you’ll find one slightly drizzly morning that you’d like a good cup of milky tea, and a Ceylon should taste just right.

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A highly domesticated creature living in the outer boroughs of New York City.

Dad worked for Lipton, but we drank Swee-Touch-Nee instead. Later found out that “Swee-Touch-Nee” is a rough transliteration of the Russian word for flowery: цветочной.

I am a foodie first and a tea drinker second. But one informs the other, of course.

My tea preferences vary according to season and weather. I know just what to do with a raw cold wet dark winter day: East Frisian with milk! On the other end of my taste range is Tazo’s Cucumber White, chilled – a good antidote for a humid hot stagnant summer day. Middle ground: Frances Bissell’s Special Blend Ceylon; Upton’s Mincing Lane Black Tea Blend; Scottish Breakfast; Upton’s Baker Street Black Tea Blend.

I am still exploring and learning about tea. Think of me as an advanced beginner.

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