Czar Nikolas II

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I am, I freely admit, a creature of habit. I like to start my day off with a nice strong cup of black tea. Usually this would be Earl Gray, but, ever since I found the European Import store in town, I have alternated between Earl Gray and Czar Nikolas II, or Cesarz Mikolaj, as we call it at home. I love this tea for how lightly flavored it is (it could almost pass for just a straight black tea), and for the fact that the package refuses to divulge what the flavor IS, with the ingredients saying simply: “tea, spices.” That is the kind of passive aggressive contrariness I can really get behind.

It also brews up dark. Really dark. Probably since, being in the Russian style, it is meant for use in a samovar, where a little of it is meant to go a long way. Technically, I suppose that means I’m Doing It Wrong, and I DO cut it with some straight black tea later on in the day, but I like my tea sludge-tastic in the morning. Wakes me right up.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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probably my favorite, I think this is the house tea at Russian Tea Time 77 E Adams

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this is one of my favorites, to me this is sort of unusual flavor

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Ive been drinking this tea forever, here in Chicago I get it at Bobak’s on Archer ave

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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Czar Nikolas II also comes in a Silver package: Black Currant, Strawberry (Nostalgia)
this one is my favorite flavor from this line and I think it is the house tea at Russian Tea Time on Adams street here in Chicago

Blue package: Safflower, Marigolds, Blue Mallow Blossoms (Renaissance)

black pkg and a green pkg which both taste like Earl Grey

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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My parents bought this for me a while ago. Don’t know where they got it. It’s very floral, and smells wonderful. I’m not typically a fan of floral smelling/tasting teas, but this one was pretty good.

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