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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
812 tasting notes

3 level tsp. to 500 ml water. More leaf than I usually do, just because I wanted something STRONG this morning.
As it cools I get a hint of sweet from the vanilla – this threw me because things do not taste sweet unless there is sugar. Ever. Quite smooth and a dark black tea this morning due to the extra leaf. I may keep these parameters around for awhile. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 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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