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This tea combines the flavours of steamed veg., flowers, cream, honey, peaches, and spice. It seems to be a cross between a Chinese green (25%) and a green oolong (75%). A lovely tea, but pricey.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 70 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 3:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 5:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 70 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Thought I would re-visit this tea tonight. It received top marks from my previous tasting. Tonight’s sampling is bliss, it smells and tastes like treacle toffee. Creamy malt tones keep it from being overly sweet…honestly for me it is perfect. If I want a black tea this has everything I look for. I’m sat in love with with this tea!

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This tea smells amazing! Like caramel or toffee, so sweet with a slight dark twang. My husband said bonfire toffee so we both agreed which is rare. One of the nicest smelling black teas imaginable. Nothing like the Assam that I was expecting.

The leaves are dark brown/black and are long yet twisted. They are very light.

Once steeped the tea is red brown in colour and has that beautiful toffee scent, this time with added malt and rock sugar.

It taste matches the smell, it’s light with sweet malt and toffee flavours that unfurl on the tongue in the after taste. Since it’s light there is a cleanness to it’s taste and that adds to the sweetness.

Further steeps reveal no astringency or richness but the sweet toffee flavour translates well through the later steeps.

Fantastic black tea, light yet with so much flavour that it leaves me completely satisfied. Husband was happy with this one too. For the price this is excellent.

Flavors: Malt, Sugarcane, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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And another win from TTC! This tea is full-bodied with a lot of depth to it. I’m getting juicy plum, cinnamon and something darker/richer with each sip. It’s a wonderfully heavy tea for such a moody/dark day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Out of all the different things I could drink today I found myself wanting this one, primarily for it’s beetroot like flavour. The last couple of days I’ve wanted nothing but vegetables and fruit to eat and while I don’t really like beetroot I can still appreciate some things about it. Perhaps I’m just mad for wanting to drink something that reminds me of another thing I dislike…Anyway I chose it and after this serving I have one more mugs worth left for another time. Probably in the near future I imagine to clear it out of my stash and replace it with something else.

Anyway yes, tea. This one was reminded also when I read notes from Scheherazade after recently trying it from the EU TTB. It is Pu Erh like in some ways but I like that about it. First of all I wasn’t sure what to make of it but now I’ve had this tea a fair few times I find it has grown on me. It offers that complexity of beetroot, earth, damp, musk and sweet but dry wood which is rather unique. I’ve come across aged tea before and I love to try things older than I am (perhaps because I think older tea must have more knowledge and insight) but I don’t remember tasting beetroot in a tea before. Well except one tea that actually contained beetroot…and I cannot remember where that was from now I think about it.

To match this unusual but delightful tea I have some pop punk on. Currently loving Vicious Love by New Found Glory. I had the fortune of seeing them when I was around 13/14 years old at a small local venue. Listening to them now gives me an awe of nostalgia…which may also be why I chose an aged tea. Plus it makes me feel young again and so I can jump up and down and dance whilst doing other things…for example when it came on tv earlier I was preparing some pesto using carrot tops. There I was jumping up and down whilst singing along and adding ingredients to the pesto. Plus fyi – Carrots make good fake microphones when you really need one.

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Bloody hell it’s hot today! Heat wave across the UK. Apparently it’s nothing compared to tomorrow (which is apparently going to be 30C in my area). Funnily enough it’s made me crave black tea rather than Oolong which is my usual ‘go to’ when it gets remotely hot.

My big flaw with this tea with the first tasting was that it was very beetroot like, and it still is though today I seem to really be liking it. Earthy and beetroot, almost dust like but in a nice way. Though I know that is strange and doesn’t sound very nice. It’s strength is not overly complex either which works well in hot weather, evidently. Very re-hydrating.

On steep two so far and I’m about to do dinner so back later or tomorrow. Blog entry coming tomorrow (at last) and Sororitea Sisters post is written and should be published soon. :)

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Yay it’s a tea that’s older than me :) Always fun to try mature teas, though I am used to those being in Oolong or PuErh form rather than black.

The raw leaves are small and thin which look sticky and wooden, dark brown in colour and bares a musty, damp, rain, forest sort of smell…or like beetroot. It is rather like a PuErh in scent funnily enough, also getting sweetcorn (like sweetcorn that has been cooked on a bbq and is starting to burn). Perhaps not my favourite smell but I’m still intrigued.

My first few sips reveal an array of flavours, taking particular note of: damp soil, beetroot, damp wood and sweet potato. It’s highly earthy and with some sweetness. As a whole it doesn’t linger in the after taste and nor does it leave me with any dryness. It’s also somewhat refreshing, like clove but just without it’s flavour. A few steeps in my gaiwan reveals more of the sweetcorn flavour.

Honestly….I HATE beetroot! I cannot stand the stuff, never have and never will. This tea tastes just like beetroot, it smells like it too, and that puts me off it a little. I can drink and stomach this tea and tried to find things about it that I found pleasurable such as the sweetness but I am still taken back to the beetroot notes in each sip.

I will reserve my rating for now but I will try it again in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
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Beetroot makes me gag….husband can have a sandwich with it for lunch and when I walk in the house at 5pm from work I can smell it and it makes me gag….. so you’re not the only one! And I’m from Russian/Polish heritage ~ what a failure of my people I am!!

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Long, freely twisted leaf exhaling intense sweet, honey-like aroma. The almost same aroma also pretty intense is found in a cup. The tea is very smooth, light bodied and free of adstringence. You can be very liberal when steeping this tea it’s almost impossible to be oversteeped. It is an ideal evening tea because its caffeine content is probably rather low.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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My head is full of stupid puns, and so when I see this pun I always think Hong Yum and I know I said this before, but there it is again. You can’t change my brain, I guess.

This was good though. Very juicy and dark and strong. Not as good as Wild Mountain teas, but good.

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