I had this yesterday morning for the first time in quite a long time. It’s one of my favourites but I think I overdid it on chais and spice based teas for a while, and kind of drank myself sick of them. That, and I used to brew every black tea I owned at boiling for 5min. Ummm…no. 5min is much too much for a lot of black teas, flavoured or otherwise. So needless to say I’d often end up with a cup of bitter, overly flavoured, sorely oversteeped tea, which I blamed on the tea itself rather than my bad steeping parameters. I think this blend was a victim of that.

So at a 3.5 minute steep, I’m enjoying this a lot more! The vanilla and orange notes come out, whereas before I was just getting straight up sweet cinnamon. I’m almost finished my tin but I might have to get a bit more to play around with. Made a tasty, warming cup.

Shmiracles

yay! as i said yesterday i think this is one of the most loving cups of tea i own.

(i steep every black for 3 min only ever. even if the directions say longer. what can i say, i’m a skeptic.. plus it’s taught me a lot about the ‘less is more’ train.)

cheers to your cup!

softrevolution

I’ve always been a fan of strong black tea, hence the crazy-long steep. But I’m starting to come around to the less is more camp, and now I do most black teas between 3-4 mins. Much better, and surprisingly more flavourful, if anything.

It really is a loving cup if tea. Although I’m with you on the sparkles. They’re real pretty and all, but they don’t seem like the healthiest thing to be ingesting.

Shmiracles

it’s been a while. hope you are doing well :)

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Shmiracles

yay! as i said yesterday i think this is one of the most loving cups of tea i own.

(i steep every black for 3 min only ever. even if the directions say longer. what can i say, i’m a skeptic.. plus it’s taught me a lot about the ‘less is more’ train.)

cheers to your cup!

softrevolution

I’ve always been a fan of strong black tea, hence the crazy-long steep. But I’m starting to come around to the less is more camp, and now I do most black teas between 3-4 mins. Much better, and surprisingly more flavourful, if anything.

It really is a loving cup if tea. Although I’m with you on the sparkles. They’re real pretty and all, but they don’t seem like the healthiest thing to be ingesting.

Shmiracles

it’s been a while. hope you are doing well :)

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Queer femme looking for love in the form of tea. Currently on a (seemingly never-ending) quest to convince my girlfriend of the magic of loose leaf.

Let’s see..I’m a 23 year old seemingly perma-student, having finished at university and moved on to college. I love reading. I love tea. I love reading while drinking tea. It really doesn’t take much to keep me happy.

Black tea is my all time favourite, preferably hot with milk and sugar. I like flavoured blacks the best, and my taste is embarrassingly unrefined. If it has some outlandish candy or dessert or fruity sounding name, I’m all over it. Especially things like coconut, caramel, chocolate (the usual suspects), bubblegum, cotton candy, and the list goes on. If it’s supposed to taste like something it’s not, odds are I’m going to love it. I also love a good earl grey, floral teas, and anything with currants. Love me some currants!

When it comes to iced teas I love fruity herbal blends and matés, for the most part. They are my hydration option of choice in the summer and I always have at least a glass ready for me in the fridge, if not a pitcher.

I am a self-proclaimed David’sTea fangirl, so please excuse the fact that most of my logs tend to be a little biased in their favour. I just can’t help myself, I must try all-the-tea from David’s!

I’m starting to get interested in matcha, and though I’ve loved the cups I’ve had prepared for me by others, I’ve never tried making it myself. I’m going to have to break down and order some soon, if only just to try.

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