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How to decide what tea would go best with the last ever episode of Breaking Bad? There was just no way. I chose the last of this sample purely for symbolic reasons – so the dregs of my first ever batch of Pleine Lune would go down with Mr. White.

I have nothing left to say, except there was some bitterness right at the end.

[Sample acquired at Mariage Frères in London, May 2013.]
[Polished off in Rome, October 2013.]

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nightshifter

<3 Breaking Bad.

ashmanra

My future son-in-law gave me this tea for Christmas. In a few weeks, my eldest and youngest daughters are going to Northern Ireland to fetch him back to the USA to live! I will be a mother-in-law before Thanksgiving, if all goes according to plan. :) I am going to give him Grand Amour by Nina’s as a wedding gift, among other things. He loves tea so their engagement gift was an electric kettle!

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Nightshifter

<3 Breaking Bad.

ashmanra

My future son-in-law gave me this tea for Christmas. In a few weeks, my eldest and youngest daughters are going to Northern Ireland to fetch him back to the USA to live! I will be a mother-in-law before Thanksgiving, if all goes according to plan. :) I am going to give him Grand Amour by Nina’s as a wedding gift, among other things. He loves tea so their engagement gift was an electric kettle!

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I’m going to try all the teas.

Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

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2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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My ratings don’t reflect the ‘What does this tea do for me?’ standard, but rather my own ‘What would I do for this tea?’ scale.

100-90
My absolute favourites. Teas I would travel for – or, in any case, pay exuberant postage for, because they simply have to be in my cupboard. Generally multi-faceted teas with complex scents and flavours. Teas with personality. Tricky teas.

89-80
Teas I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again if and when I came across them. Tea purchases I would surreptitiously weave into a travel itinerary (Oh! A Lupicia store! Here?! My word!).

79-70
Teas I enjoyed, but don’t necessarily need to make any kind of effort to buy again.

69-0
Varying degrees of disinterest and contempt.

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Rome, Italy

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