Backlog from Christmas day!

My mom happened to have a spare bag of this at the house and I really wanted a plain black so we fired up her new kettle (I bought her the Cuisinart variable one) and gave it a shot.

It was good for what it was – a bit bland, but I was glad to have something hot to drink. I remember a definite honeyed smell that did carry over slightly into the taste, but overall I really prefer a stronger, maltier black.

Ah well- it makes me happy to be back home with my regular cupboard!

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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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