You know, when I run out of this, I’m going to have to buy more of it. Currently there’s only one tea that I replace regularly (Earl Grey Creme – my morning staple), but I really feel like there will be something significant missing from my tea cabinent and my life if I don’t get me some more Ali Shan from Norbu after this. I’m upping the rating for this reason.
Also, I seem to have developed sixth sense for this tea. I no longer time it. I’ve never gotten a REAL water temp on it. I just kind of wing it each time and it has never failed me. In fact, it gets better every time.
It’s also become my work tea. It is so forgiving and giving at the same time. I can get three, four steeps out of this at work easy. At home I may even stretch it to five. I can use such a small amount of leaves (last night at work I used a teaspoon for an 11 oz mug and did three solid steeps). At work, I add a little cold water from the fountain to the mug, set the basket in and then pour in the hot water from our hot water contraption. It’s so easy. For ever steep I just add a little time.
Can I please tell you… this is the only tea that never gives me that weird choke type feeling at the back of my mouth if it’s been steeped too long/too many times/wrong temp water/etc. I don’t even know what to call that feeling, but I dislike it. This is the only tea I drink (besides southern style sweet) that never does that to me.
This tea is such a winner. I am in love. Don’t tell my boyfriend. He hates this tea enough as it is.