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1.8 g in 12 oz of water. It sure would be nice to have the accurate amount show up in the box down there.

I chose this tea because I wanted something a bit stronger so I could get three infusions from it in my 12oz tetsubin. Usually I would then pour all of it into my giant 16oz teacup (yes, teacup, it is not a mug, it just happens to be the size of one :P) and add a teaspoon of sugar. Unfortunately my giant teacup has an embarrassing little problem: it stains easily and the stains are impossible to fully remove. I do #teaoftheday posts on instagram and between the stains and the size of the thing I just didn’t want to deal with it. There are only so many angles at which you can get photos of a giant cup like that and not have them all start looking the same!

So, I decided to use a smaller cup. That meant forgoing the sugar I would normally put in because I’m lazy enough not to want to go out to the kitchen every time I re-filled my cup and because there is not enough room on my laptop stand for the sugar bowl. It’s a bit (ok, more than a bit) cluttered over here.

This tea doesn’t need sugar.

Maybe going sugarless with my gaiwan use has finally changed my tastebuds enough that I don’t need sugar. Maybe this tea really is that naturally sweet. Probably it’s a little bit of both. Sweet and mild, a touch of some sort of fruit note and a tiny hint of wood. Like sun-bleached, well weathered wood shingles on a misty spring morning.

This takes me back to that little cottage just beyond Cutler. Hidden waaay out beyond miles of blueberry fields on the edge of a little cove. Civilization was left far behind and it was just the sea, the land, and the sky.

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
MzPriss

That little cottage setting is just perfect!

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MzPriss

That little cottage setting is just perfect!

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I prefer loose-leaf teas but I do like to keep some tea bags around for travel. I prefer black teas (especially Yunnans), dark oolongs, and pu’erh. My #1 favorite is Jasmine Golden Yunnan from thepuriTea.com.

Most used pots:

12oz blue tetsubin (1.75-2.0 grams of leaf. teas steeped in this get a spoon-full of sugar)

10oz green tetsubin (1.55-1.65 grams of leaf. teas steeped in this get less than a spoon-full of sugar)

5oz gaiwan (4.0-4.15 grams of leaf. no sugar)

4oz gaiwan (2.5-3 grams of leaf. no sugar)

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Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

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