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drank Fantasy by Lupicia
1917 tasting notes

Sipdown, 157. Ah, back to my tea.

There was almost a tragedy this morning when my electic kettle wouldn’t turn on, but it turned out to be a blown socket and not the kettle. Whew. I decided to go ahead and finish this one up today. For some reason I decided to brew it at less than boiling, and I’m amazed at the difference it made. This is suuuper smooth like this, but it is making me realize that I miss the slight bite of the black tea. It brings everything together more when it is steeped at boiling, versus now the flavors seem kind of muddled and not as balanced. Ah well, lesson learned!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

I’ve had that experience too. I’ve been finding just under a boil the black teas tend to re-steep better, but with Premium Taiwanese Assam, the initial steep is nowhere near as flavorful if you steep it at 200 instead of the recommended 212. It’s actually quite a big difference.

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Chizakura

I’ve had that experience too. I’ve been finding just under a boil the black teas tend to re-steep better, but with Premium Taiwanese Assam, the initial steep is nowhere near as flavorful if you steep it at 200 instead of the recommended 212. It’s actually quite a big difference.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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