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I satisfied my craving for Thomas from last night this morning. In an effort to calm the bitterness and dryness, I steeped for 15 sec and 5° less than I normally do. Oh pooh, it turned honeyed biscuit Thomas into a rather plain uninspiring black. Then, a third of the way through the cup with it cooled from hot to warm, the honeyed biscuit was back with only a bit of bitterness at the end of each sip and no dryness. I like it! But I think I like bitter and dry honeyed biscuit Thomas that I can drink hot and is wonderful too. Perhaps I’ll steep him this way on days I desire a more mellow black tea. But I think I’m going back to 3 min 30 sec and 200° F.

I still find it a bit amazing that I can actually taste differences in a tea just with slight changes in parameters.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Jim Marks

With some black teas, that dryness is impossible to avoid. It is just part of that leave and that oxidation process. No amount of monkeying with the steep will get rid of it.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Indeed, you are right. I sought to only decrease it a bit. But I lost the essence of Thomas in doing so.

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Jim Marks

With some black teas, that dryness is impossible to avoid. It is just part of that leave and that oxidation process. No amount of monkeying with the steep will get rid of it.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Indeed, you are right. I sought to only decrease it a bit. But I lost the essence of Thomas in doing so.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

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Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
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3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

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