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Remember that time I spent pretty much the entire year I lived in Manchester meaning to get around to visiting Sugar Junction and sampling its menu of interesting teas? Yeah, it took me until the day I officially handed over the keys to my Manchester flat. Whoops.

If I was going to sample just one tea, it pretty much had to be Northern Quarter Blend. I mean, it appeals to me in both flavour and spirit: it’s redolent with aromas of rich, deep caramel, and its named in honour of the neighbourhood where I used to buy all my art supplies and wool. FEELINGS.

As for the tea itself, well. It’s chock full of darling hop flowers and little caramel cubes, which I enjoy muchly (and the latter of which I had to be stern with myself about not just picking out of the bag and eating like I used to do with the marshmallows in my Lucky Charms). A three-minute brew reveals a tea that’s got that characteristic briskness of a Sri Lankan tea, with a lingering caramel sweetness that sits around the edges of the palate. Letting it cool a bit (albeit not much of it, because I hoovered most of this pretty quickly) brings forward a very subtle flowery note from the hops, and it turns out that adding milk gives it almost toasted-marshmallowy overtones. Oh, I do approve of toasted-marshmallowy overtones, all right!

And it’s nice to know that hop flowers also have the added benefit of helping to calm anxiety, stomach complaints, and lady trouble. Yeah, finding out that I don’t actually have a new work contract lined up for next week after all has kind of put a damper on things, given the whole I-have-no-money-and-just-paid-rent-on-two-apartments thing and now don’t know when I’ll have an income again. Yippee!

yyz

Sounds like a nice tea. I’ve had to pay for two places at once, it sucked, but the first place was not sublettable and was to good of a deal to let go. As to the unknown, sometimes the best thing happen when we least expect them. I’m hoping that something amazing comes up for you soon.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, sometimes it happens. Property is a scary and confusing thing. I look forward to the magical nightmare of when Gentleman and I are looking to get a house together! And thanks. It’s been a festival of mild successes and fairly regular disappointments of late. At least there’s tea :)

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yyz

Sounds like a nice tea. I’ve had to pay for two places at once, it sucked, but the first place was not sublettable and was to good of a deal to let go. As to the unknown, sometimes the best thing happen when we least expect them. I’m hoping that something amazing comes up for you soon.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah, sometimes it happens. Property is a scary and confusing thing. I look forward to the magical nightmare of when Gentleman and I are looking to get a house together! And thanks. It’s been a festival of mild successes and fairly regular disappointments of late. At least there’s tea :)

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