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Attempt #2:
I am picking up more on the syrup scent in the brewed tea. There is much more of a potent buttery taste, but it is still more towards the end of the sip and it’s still quite hot. Unfortunately as it cools I think I’m losing the flavor a little more. Even when adding sugar, I just get a sweetened black tea. Maybe the black tea is too strong and overpowering the pancakes? I think the next step is to reduce steeping time to 2 minutes and see if that helps.
I can definitely see the potential in the tea, even moreso now with those first sips…I know I will figure this out yet!

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
52teas

For some people, with some teas, a pinch of salt brings the flavors out more than sweetener would. Might be worth a shot.

KeenTeaThyme

This sounds so yummy! I am (impatiently) waiting for my order. :)

JoonSusanna

@ KiTT – It IS really good – the dry leaf smells heavenly and the tea was really smooth – I think you will love it!
@ 52teas – thanks so much for the suggestion about the salt – that makes perfect sense and I’m a salt fiend so I’ll be giving that a try!

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52teas

For some people, with some teas, a pinch of salt brings the flavors out more than sweetener would. Might be worth a shot.

KeenTeaThyme

This sounds so yummy! I am (impatiently) waiting for my order. :)

JoonSusanna

@ KiTT – It IS really good – the dry leaf smells heavenly and the tea was really smooth – I think you will love it!
@ 52teas – thanks so much for the suggestion about the salt – that makes perfect sense and I’m a salt fiend so I’ll be giving that a try!

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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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