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This is a backlog from Friday – I took this in my insulated Klean Kanteen (btw, if you’re looking for an insulated thermos this one does it’s job really well on hot and cold drinks) and went with hiking with my parents to Cloudland Canyon in Northwest GA. It was a fun little road trip and I loved sipping on this all the way up.

Prep notes: 16 oz. water, 2.5 tsp. tea, sweetened with honey at below parameters in the Breville.

Taste wise, I got the banana and the walnut but the bread was still lost on me this time around. I’m happy with the flavor as is, but I think over time I’ve lost that accuracy in flavor of actual banana bread. Will continue tweaking the parameters to try and capture it.

Really, though, this is lovely. One of my favorites from 52 teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 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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