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3 tsp. leaf to 500 ml. water in my Breville at below parameters.

I tried a sip of this plain and got a very heavy vanilla (yum) and very astringent (not so yum) tea base. So, milk and sugar were added to make this my afternoon study snack.

This really comes alive with additives! It actually reminds me of coffee (probably the french vanilla flavor), which I haven’t had in a very long time since I’m particularly sensitive to the caffeine in it. Anyway, this tea is a very welcome drink as I sit and listen to the wind whipping around outside the house.

P.S. One week until the 12 teas of Christmas! I cannot wait!!!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ninavampi

I can’t wait either!!! I hope mine makes it in time! : )

JoonSusanna

I hope so, too! I’ve had to put the box in the back of my tea closet so I won’t peek!

That’s one good thing about it not getting to you yet – you get to avoid temptation for just a little longer!

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Ninavampi

I can’t wait either!!! I hope mine makes it in time! : )

JoonSusanna

I hope so, too! I’ve had to put the box in the back of my tea closet so I won’t peek!

That’s one good thing about it not getting to you yet – you get to avoid temptation for just a little longer!

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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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