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Tried it a little hotter than my usual temperature. This preparation brings out a hint of bitterness and spice, which would be welcome on a cold autumn morning. Still pretty mild, which is nice for me. I generally prefer mellow black teas rather than rattle-your-teeth strength. I’m having this in the early afternoon as I settle back into work.
I tried this tea yesterday by brewing it in a tisaniere. It was good, but not great. Today, I fired up the Breville and really liked it. The instructions on the package directed me to use two tablespoons of the tea and to brew it at 180. I think the increased amount of tea helped quite a bit from yesterday’s approach, as did the slightly higher temperature than the hot valve on the water container in the office.
I like the viscous feel as I drink the tea. It is a pale yellow color; the flavor and fragrance is delicate and light. I’m getting some of the astringency that I associate with black teas, but not nearly so much. I’m guessing this is even less than some of the oolongs I’ve had.
Today, I like this tea enough that I’d add it to my regular cabinet.
Wednesday Dec. 8, 2010
1st Steep of the Day.
This was my wifes choice at the Tea shop
She enjoys light/Green teas more then my Blacks.
But the smell was what sold her on this one.
The Dry Green is so Strong with Almond.
You can’t wait to steep it.
A 3 min Steep in 205 (not boiling water)
Starts your flavorful journey.
Liquor is Clear Green.
with the same rich Almond smell as Dry leaves.
And the Strong Flavor infuses into the Cup.
My better half still knows best.
Keep on Steepin
I was exceptionally careful to make sure I did not steep it any longer than 4 minutes. I used exactly a teaspoon per cup in order to make sure the lavender was not too overpowering. A medium amount of sugar to taste as well. All in all, I really liked it! The bergamot is not exceptionally strong, and instead is a more smoother, subtler flavor. The lavender is prominent as well, but not too astringent or “soapy”. I would describe the two flavors blending very well with each other.