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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
829 tasting notes

This was from the 2012 Happy Bag- I can’t believe it’s almost time for another one!

I saw the thread on here about the new happy bags this year, and the different price points, and I have to say, I do think the Happy Bag is a good value for the money. It was a super good introduction to Lupicia for me….but unfortunately I realized I’m far too picky to just go blindly into a tea grab bag. Oh well, live and learn.

This was one of the teas I really enjoyed from the lot, though. I got the bagged version which is very strongly bergamot when dry. Like, can’t get to close to the bag or you’ll get a headache strong. Even a year later, this is still the case.

Steep notes: 10 oz. water, below parameters, no additives.

This time around the Bergamot is WAY stronger than the base, which seems kind of weak tonight. I really wouldn’t have thought this was Keemun because there is no hint of smoke. Still, it’s very smooth if a bit unbalanced. And I only have a handful of these bags left, so I may take them into work because I’m sure if anything can get me through a night shift, this can.

P.S. Also it’s my Breville’s 2nd birthday today – can’t believe it’s been two years! I also can’t believe I devote so much brain space to tea that I remembered when I bought that sucker, but I digress. Happy birthday Brevy!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 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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