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I tried this almost 2 years ago when Frank did his Valentine’s day sampler, so my memory is hazy. But I finally got around to ordering it again and was absolutely blown away by the smell. Strawberries and cream! Tantalizing!

Unfortunately, this particular steeping was lackluster. I think it had more to do with the timing, because the smell was wonderful but the taste was essentially hot water. I used 1.5 tsp. of leaf with no additives at the below parameters. So my goal for the next time was to increase steeping, and add milk to make it creamy, and see what happens. I know there’s potential to get the smell to manifest in the taste!

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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