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Oh, I am loving this tea. I grew up on bagged orange pekoe, as most of us did, Lipton was my mother’s brand of choice. However, we didn’t drink much hot tea, Lipton was reserved for the summer and sun tea. Sun tea, for those who don’t know, is when you put several bags of tea in a clear pitcher with a tight-fitting top and set it outside to brew in the sun for a few hours. A lot of my summer memories involve mom’s sun tea and how she never let me add sugar to it.

When I moved to Canada, one of the first things my mother-in-law and I bonded with was an after-dinner cup of tea, where she and I (and sometimes other family members) would sit and just chat about everything and nothing. She’s a Red Rose fan and though I do enjoy looseleaf teas much more now, whenever we’re at her house for dinner, I always say yes to that after-dinner cup of Red Rose.

When drinking bagged orange pekoe hot, I have to add copious amounts of sugar and cream, yes, cream. This has the sweetness and touch of creaminess I was looking for in the bags I used to drink. I added 1 tsp of sugar, as is my habit, but next time I might try less. I only let my black teas steep for 2 minutes, and that worked well for this tea.

Long, long story short, this is the best orange pekoe I’ve ever had and definitely one I plan to keep in stock and use year ’round.

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Uniquity

AGH. And I had decided pre-emptively that I wouldn’t even smell this one when I go to DT after work to continue my black tea quest. So much for that…

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XD. I’m starting to try morning and breakfast teas, De’s heading to DT after work today too to pick me up some simple black teas. Great minds think alike! I really enjoy this one, though.

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Well, my black teas from David’s venture failed. They’ve discontinued the cheapest ones and the ones with highest ratings on steepster. Still online, but not in stores. Surprise surprise.

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Uniquity

AGH. And I had decided pre-emptively that I wouldn’t even smell this one when I go to DT after work to continue my black tea quest. So much for that…

aisling of tea

XD. I’m starting to try morning and breakfast teas, De’s heading to DT after work today too to pick me up some simple black teas. Great minds think alike! I really enjoy this one, though.

Uniquity

Well, my black teas from David’s venture failed. They’ve discontinued the cheapest ones and the ones with highest ratings on steepster. Still online, but not in stores. Surprise surprise.

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“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

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My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

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