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Just another day in the life.
I think I need a tea cozy. Today’s tea is exactly the same as yesterday’s. (Which isn’t all bad, but this is science darn it!) I suspect that the teapot is cooling down so that the tea stops really steeping. For now I’ll just have to be content with some tasty Assam.
The long weekend is already over. So many things in life pass by so quickly. Pure Indian Zarin Tippy Kalmi is different. Not only does its name go on forever, so does its steepability. At 5 minutes its still going strong. Still lots of honey a little malt and a little astringency. The chocolate on Friday may have been a false positive. We’ll see if it reappears tomorrow.
Another day, another 30 seconds. The astringency is still not overwhelming and there is still a bit of honey flavor. This tea is so easy-going, its just hard to oversteep. I am noticing a new flavor rising to the surface after longer steeps. Uh, chocolate, is that you, seriously (insert interrobang here).
Hmm… I was expecting this to be the point where things started getting seriously astringent/bitter. Its astringent, but not terribly so, and finally a bit more malty (though still not what I expected). I may need to repeat this one since the actual amounts where different (3 cups and a heaping tsp of tea vs. 2 cups and a level one). I actually got out of bed early enough to have breakfast with Q. Q is now reliably able to distinguish this tea from green. That’s a big step for us, and its only 7. Who knows what else the day may hold.
Today I added 30 seconds to the steep time. There’s a bit of astringency that wasn’t there yesterday. I was expecting more malt, but I can’t really detect it. Maybe I shouldn’t be doing these tests first thing in the morning.
I really enjoy the malty honey taste at breakfast. This tea seems a better fit for my daily oatmeal than the heavily spiced Sadaf. I’m going to experiment with steep times this week. At three minutes, its very honeyed, no bitterness at all.
I found this in a local Indian market. It was pretty cheap and I needed some more black tea, so why not. I didn’t recognize the brand. Apparently neither does Google.
This tea is the exact opposite of the Rishi Silver Needle Jasmine Iogged yesterday. It is simply tea, thick, slightly roasty Indian tea.