Sadaf

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There is a stubbornness in human nature which condemns us to making the same mistakes. Perhaps the least of these is under steeping the Sadaf, again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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61

The lower temperature was an accident rather than an experiment, but somehow it did work out better. I’ve felt like the bergamot oil and the tea are better balanced when the steep time is longer. In this case, it seems a bit less astringent that when the water is boiling.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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61

First, did I mention the importance of adding cardamom to this tea? Ok good, also it seemed to have a bit more body with a longer steep time. I really should be at work by now but the combination of Sadaf Special Blend and a little Piazzola has put me in a spicy haze that has rendered me incapable of getting anything done (including writing coherent metaphors).

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
rubicat

I’m curious… have you tried the Sadaf with cardamom? I love that one, but I also love Earl Grey tea, so I figure this blend is OK without the cardamom (although that does make sense to me). I’m wondering why you feel the need to add cardamom.. unless you’re not a fan of Earl Grey?

afitting

@raaberao, thanks for the comment. I don’t mind Earl Grey, but I personally found the actual tea in this particular blend to be one-dimensional (storage problems?). The cardamom idea came from an Iranian friend who normally drinks this tea that way.

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61

This is ideally a tea to savor with dessert and a bit of sugar. However, I’m having it straight with oatmeal in the morning. At least I put three cardamom pods in. The taste of actual tea is in the background at this point, behind the cardamom and bergamont. This ok since the tea is pretty one dimensional. It seems like this may be a good candidate for chrine’s London Fog recipe so I will probably try that sometime this week.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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61

Much better with 3 cardamom pods. Mildly, but not unpleasantly astringent. I may try it a bit hotter tomorrow.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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61

Hmm… I’m running out of cardamom pods and this tea really needs them.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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61

I enjoy Special Blend Tea with a couple of cardamom pods. It reminds me of the desserts at Chelokababi, which was just down the street (until we moved, sigh).

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