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I agree with some other reviewers, that this is very delicate and light considering its a black tea. I would say its more subtle, and not at all aggressive-a relaxing tea that would be nice in the afternoon. I was pretty generous with the leaf, using 3.5 gms/8 oz water, brewing for 2 minutes, with a 2nd steep for 3 minutes. I have others that I prefer from Teavivre, such as Yun Nan Dian Hong Gold Tip or Bailin Gongfu, I think because I prefer something a little stronger, but this is still very nice, especially for those who prefer a milder tea.

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Don’t know if this will work, but I noticed that Asians typically drink their black tea mild. Try steeping it western style and you may find that you have an amazing cup you can’t do without! Go boiling with four scant minutes to start and see what happens! :)

Donna A

Thanks for the suggestion Ashmanra. I’ll try that. I have learned with other black teas that some minor adjustments can make all the difference!

Donna A

Update. Ashmanra, I tried your suggesion and went with boiling and 4 scant minutes (using 2 generous tsp in 8 oz water), and that has been my favorite cup! No bitterness or astringency, but a lot more flavor.

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad it worked for you! :)

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ashmanra

Don’t know if this will work, but I noticed that Asians typically drink their black tea mild. Try steeping it western style and you may find that you have an amazing cup you can’t do without! Go boiling with four scant minutes to start and see what happens! :)

Donna A

Thanks for the suggestion Ashmanra. I’ll try that. I have learned with other black teas that some minor adjustments can make all the difference!

Donna A

Update. Ashmanra, I tried your suggesion and went with boiling and 4 scant minutes (using 2 generous tsp in 8 oz water), and that has been my favorite cup! No bitterness or astringency, but a lot more flavor.

ashmanra

Hooray! I am glad it worked for you! :)

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Tea became a passion for me a year or so ago. I fell into it almost by accident, but now I would say it has captured me. Tea is more than something tasty to sip on, it is an experience-it helps create a mood and is quite interesting to read about and study. I discovered loose tea at the tea store at my mall. I was looking for alternatives to Coke Zero and white wine. Say what you will about that mall chain, but I’m sure it has raised awareness about tea where I live, in the land of bagged mass produced black tea prepared with lots of sugar, Atlanta, Georgia. That’s what happened with me, and then I started perusing the internet and found Steepster.

When I take on an interest or a hobby, I go into it full force and become a little obsessive about it in the beginning. I have always been adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, and once I discovered there was so much more out there than the Lipton tea I saw my mom drinking when I was growing up, I started trying many different varieties of loose tea. I have discovered I like all kinds of tea. I I veer a lot toward straight teas, especially blacks, but occasionally drink flavored also, especially Earl Grey. I like flavored Matcha lattes too. I’ve completely given up diet cola, which was becoming too much of a habit. I think tea is a lot healthier. When I rate a tea, it’s just my personal taste, so I don’t tend to post on things I don’t care for. Also, I tend to sweeten my tea with natural stevia (a no no for some!) I am a married Registered Nurse, with two kids in college and one in medical school. My husband is not hooked like I am, but he often enjoys a cup with me. I enjoy many other interests, including reading, gardening, and the arts. I’ve taken up hiking in the past year too. Anytime I can include tea in these pursuits, I do! It has become a bit of an obsession for me.

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