For this steeping, I put about 2.5 tsp. tea into 500 ml. water in my Breville, and used the below parameters.

I am really on an unflavored black tea kick lately, and I saw this packet from Upton that I had not even opened yet so I decided to try it out tonight.

Assams have so far been in the middle of the spectrum for me, black tea-wise. That is, I would pick a Ceylon or Darjeeling over them, but between a Keemun, or even a Yunnan, I think it would win out. This particular assam was no different: lightly astringent at the 4 minute mark, it had a touch of cocoa toward the end of the sip, and was malty and heavy, though not unpleasantly so. Certainly drinkable, but I would rather keep the ceylon and darjeelings in stock and save this for an option when I’m out at a tea house or something.

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A few of my favorite teas (in no particular order):

*Dessert flavored blacks
*Breakfast blends
*Virtually any black tea (but lapsang/keemun!)
*Dancong oolong

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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