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It’s my Steepster birthday! I’ve been hanging around here for a good 3 years now!

I had another hard night at work – our floor is full of such heavy acuity kids right now I feel like I’m running all night long. Luckily I’ve got a night to recuperate before signing on for 2 more. Plus, it is SO COLD outside. Supposed to flurry later tonight/tomorrow morning, even, though it would be better if it didn’t. Georgians simply don’t know what to do with snow or ice.

So I couldn’t just go off to sleep without getting a cup of tea to warm/relax me. I wanted a black tea, no added flavors but strong. This one I got from Stacy’s Black Friday sale, and since I know most of the flavor profiles of these teas separately, I was excited to see what happened when they blended together.

Followed the steep parameters recommended by Stacy, 3 tsp. leaf to 500 ml. water in the Breville.

This brews up a lighter brown color than I usually expect for a breakfast tea. It’s very smooth and doesn’t need any additives, either, which makes it seem even less of a breakfast tea to me.

Interesting…I think this tea has the lighter texture and mouthfeel of the Darjeeling, while maintaining the chocolate/malt/earthiness of the assam and keemun. It’s kind of throwing me for a loop, actually, that it has such a rich flavor without as much of a body to it.

I will say that I went into this very hesitantly knowing the Keemun was in this blend – I was leery of the smoke. This Keemun is really not smoky at all (phew!) and that was the biggest thing I was worried about so this makes me very happy. I do think its more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast tea, and I also think the chocolate/raisin notes come out a LOT more as the tea itself cools.

Pretty good, but not my absolute favorite blend from Butiki. Still, it was great to try it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

Happy Steepster birthday – to many more!

Uniquity

Hah, I saw this and then checked my Steepster birthday – also three years today! Cheers to us and all the rest!

caile

Happy steepster birthday to you both! :-)

Rosehips

Happy Steepster birthday!

Fjellrev

Yay, happy Steepster birthday to you!

OMGsrsly

Happy steepster-versary! :)

Sil

woot! happy anniversary you two!

Helena

Happy Steepster birthday!

JustJames

this tea is better than any cake for a celebration IMO. =0)

JoonSusanna

@Thanks guys!
@ Uniquity – awesome- happy steepster birthday to you too! Steepster twins!

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Anna

Happy Steepster birthday – to many more!

Uniquity

Hah, I saw this and then checked my Steepster birthday – also three years today! Cheers to us and all the rest!

caile

Happy steepster birthday to you both! :-)

Rosehips

Happy Steepster birthday!

Fjellrev

Yay, happy Steepster birthday to you!

OMGsrsly

Happy steepster-versary! :)

Sil

woot! happy anniversary you two!

Helena

Happy Steepster birthday!

JustJames

this tea is better than any cake for a celebration IMO. =0)

JoonSusanna

@Thanks guys!
@ Uniquity – awesome- happy steepster birthday to you too! Steepster twins!

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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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