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drank Cha Yen Thai by Teavana
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Tried this cold brewed – 18 hours steep time with 3 tsp. of leaf for 3 cups of water. Sweetened with less than a tsp. of simple syrup.
This makes an absolutely beautiful cold brew. The smell is just absolutely intoxicating, and the taste is spicy, but gently so. It still is cooling, despite some underlying pepper taste. I am going to resteep these leaves and see how it turns out – but so far this is one of my favorite cold brews!

Preparation
Iced 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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