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The Perfect Cup

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67

I used to always buy my fresh, loose leaf tea from the Perfect Cup (and it is one of the things I miss about living in delightful Adelaide). This was my everyday tea of choice. Bright, refreshing, beautiful colour. Drunk with a dash of skim milk, no sugar.

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

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82
drank Nilgiri by The Perfect Cup
159 tasting notes

I can’t believe I’ve never put a note on this tea, it’s an absolute favourite.
Dark, rich, malty, strong.
A classic taste of India. Faint tarry quality at times, great with milk and/or sugar, though I drink it with neither.

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

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68

This is a nice black tea.
When we owned a tea shop, the Java Tea we had there – Malabar – wasn’t bad but never sold. I often cut a portion of it into chai blends to keep my stocks turning over.
The Taloon is a little different. It’s of an ilk with the stronger Indian teas – for example, a lighter NIlgiri or a heavier Assam.
Nice aftertaste. Really pleasant black with no sugar. I imagine it would take milk or sugar well.
Also looks great in the cupboard – people don’t get offered Indonesian tea every day.
Worth stocking a little to surprise people!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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74

Reasonable Darjeeling at twice the normal price.
No problem if the expectation hadn’t been high.
Plenty of mild flavour – not water, not strong. Faint, not unpleasant seaweed character mixed with earthy tones and some light fruit, like a pomegranate
All in all, not a bad drop.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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86

SENSATIONAL.
Must buy
Smooth smooth black – smooth like Keemun, strong like Yunnan – balanced sweetness. Will buy a stack for home tomorrow.
Highly recommended

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Marie

Sounds tasty! Is it strong enough to hold up to cream and sugar? You might not be a big fan of additives. Sometimes I feel it can punch up and round off some of the flavors a bit while muting bitterness and excess astringency. Just curious. :)

Robert Godden

I think it would be sensational with milk and sugar if that’s your liking.
Think Twinnings “China Black” but much, much, much better and without the deep shame that comes with using a tea bag

Marie

Love that! Actually, some bags are better than others. TJ’s irish breakfast blend kicks ass in the caffeine and malt departments. I like to round robin through the more robust black teas from China, Assam, and Kenya. :)

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17

Been meaning to try this for years.
Hated It.
Bitter, bitter bitter.
Was glad to see the back of it

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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76

Enjoyed this last night for the first time.
From the dry leaves, it looks like it might be a little lighter than your usual Assam, but appearances can be deceptive. It’s strong and malty.
Good aftertaste. Shared with the other half, and it looked to take milk+sugar well.
Certainly worth a few more goes and a little experimentation with strength.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Veri-Tea

Sounds delicious! I haven’t had a really nice Assam in ages – have been going with Darjeelings for the majority of my Indian tea drinking – but would love a change of pace.

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