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99

I love it… sweet, fresh… Just perfect for every moment of everyday life!!!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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This tea is three and a half years old, by my reckoning, so the flavour is starting to go. That normally makes for a particularly pathetic cup of tea. But today it turned out pretty well.

What I did was use more leaves (probably 1.5 times as much as usual) but brew it exactly the same (1 min using 80 degC water).

So, until I hear anything better, my solution to old leaves will be to use more leaves and treat it the same otherwise :-)

Lesson learned!

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97
drank Sikkim Temi by First Class Teas
54 tasting notes

Light yet complex, Sikkim teas are similar to those produced just to the south in the district of Darjeeling. Sikkims have a pleasant tannin level that is often accentuated by a natural fruity note.

The stylish leaves of this choice selection are laced with silvery tips. The cup is well balanced, with a complex flavor that is pleasantly accented with a mildly minty overtone

A well-made tea, with an abundance of white leaf buds. The cup has floral notes and muscatel nuances. This particular type rivals many of the top Darjeeling selections and shows the full potential of Sikkim teas.

No milk or sugar needed.Be gentle in terms of portioning…

By the way, i enjoyed it together with a Chinese ‘mooncake’.That is a rather sweet pastry that gets mainly produced for the Chinese mid-autumn festival.The taste of the cake and the tea are a perfect match…!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

All gone. What will my cupboard do without this lovely blend of darjeelings?

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90

I don’t often drink darjeeling but as I have said before, I really love this blend. I am sitting down in the living room watching the final of the masters snooker tournament, and it’s lovely and homely. I have spent the weekend with friends from university, who I used to wach snooker with. I have had this type of tea for quite a few years and drinking it reminds me of late nights watching the snooker with a slight feeling of panic that exams were coming up and I couldn’t really afford to spend an evening until 12.30am watching wo middle-aged men puzzling over safety shots. Still, it was very absorbing and it still is.

This is one of my late-night teas, which means it’s black and I tend not to have milk. It tastes caffeine-licious so it shouldn’t be late-night tea. It just is.

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56

Had a Ginger Black tea (of unknown brand) recently at Falafel garden in Kyoto. Since I never used to drink much black tea I would guess it might even been my first. The flavour was subtle but still the gingery bite came through. I prefer brewing my own fresh ginger and a lot more stronger but nevertheless it was a nice new tea experience.

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I don’t have it often, I have had it for ages and only drink it occasionally, because it just reminds me of chinese restaurants. Doesn’t mean it’s not nice though, I enjoyed a pot and a half this evening!

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Even after several posts on this, it’s still good! For no articular reason, I often drink this without straining it – the tea leaves taste okay

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I drink this very often because I can give it to people who like a ‘normal’ tea, although it’s actually quite special. Unfortunately when I drink with other people I often have black tea when I’d rather a green tea or oolong

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75

very light (to my taste) and a pleasant mild flavour

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75

i love this one .. sweet & malty

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I bought myself a thermometer, and boy, does it make a difference to my tea! I’m on a second brewing and it’s so soft and sweet, I’m never going to sleep…

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I have this quite often, I don’t know why I haven’t logged it before. It’s proper and powerful and tasty and really good with milk and perfect to prove to people that there are better teas than PG Tips – it’s still a “normal” tea, but it’s brilliant. This was the second tea at my tea party

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Educating some friends, I held a tea party with friends with cookies. I first drank this

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Really growing on me, this is sooo good! I wish I’d bought more than 15 grams cos it’ll be done in no time at this rate. I had some yesterday too…

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90

I love this tea. (As I remember) It’s from the german (I think) blenders Haelson and Lyon and is one of the few teas that I think geniunely goes quite well with or without milk although I tend to have it without. It’s cheap, very tasty, and my housemates love it, so it’s a winner in my book

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75

A celebration of winning the Ashes test match at Lords – that’s a cricket reference for all you USA readers ;-)
Yummy, now onto the third brew from my new Yixing teapot.

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This was my second pot. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood first time round, because I found it a little bland and probably underbrewed it, then put the leaves back in and overbrewed it. Still, this time it was much better. Really lovely sweet flavour, very much enjoying it. Especially on the tip of your tongue as the first sip goes in. Awesome

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Perfect for a rainy day when I have been feeling a little gloomy

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75

Onto the fifth brew for the day: I like it stronger that some, so it’s getting a bit light now, but still very enjoyable.

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