I have the weirdest sickness ever – no sore throat, no congestion/runny nose, no affected taste. Just a strong, gross cough and some mild wheezing.

Even though I can taste okay I still wanted my “sick” tea – 3 tsp. of this, 3 tsp. spearmint, some honey and 16 oz. water, it’s quite soothing and making me want to go back to sleep, which is good- I may just do that.

Sigh. At least I had the day off anyway.

Boiling 8 min or more

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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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