The soda pinch trick works! This isn’t a particularly acidic tea, but it isn’t an expensive one, either, so I threw a few bags into water in the fridge, pinched some soda, and let it steep. There is a noticeable difference in flavor—-the sharp edges are now rather gentle and smooth.

When this quart is gone, I’m off to Arm & Hammer some of the cheap grocery store brand to see what happens.

OMGsrsly

I do this for Yorkshire Gold, which is an incredibly strong tea. Works like a charm. :) I think I’ll try cold steeping it with a pinch of soda, just to see. Usually I hot steep then chill.

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OMGsrsly

I do this for Yorkshire Gold, which is an incredibly strong tea. Works like a charm. :) I think I’ll try cold steeping it with a pinch of soda, just to see. Usually I hot steep then chill.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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