I like to think outside the box when pairing tea with food. I steeped this tea according to the directions for 4 minutes at 212 degrees F. The tea was like a dry red wine with hints of raisin more reminiscent of a dry Cabernet and a light almost unnoticeable smokiness. I accompanied this tea with a Pizza dinner rather than my usual wine accompaniment. The pizza was a mushroom, spinach, garlic, and white cheese with oregano and hot pepper sprinkled on top – made at home. The tea was good like a nice dry red wine paired with this pizza. If I was to pair this almost wine-like tea with a Jazz album, I choose Duke Ellington & John Coltrane ’s 1962 collaboration which I own on vinyl. The album is spicy, smooth, hip, and cool and so is this tea.

Flavors: Raisins, Smoke

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Late 40s tattooed teapunk drinking, sci fi, steampunk, and comic book reader and knitter, who enjoys the tea experience with my meals, a good sci fi or comic book, jazz, or Cha Dao with peaceful Tibetan style music and incense to create my home Cha Dao experience. I practice yoga daily. If you do not find me doing a meditative long 1.5 hr walk on weekends then I am cycling. Mother of an American Bull Dog and Red Nose Pit – dogs are my children :)

A fictional character I would love to have tea with and become friends is fellow tea lover Star Trek Officer and Vulcan High Command Officer T’Pol. Everyone picks Jean Luc Picard but I would love to have tea with T’Pol who seems so much more interesting. Otherwise, I also see myself as a space explorer visiting planets and enjoying tea time with new friends on other planets.

I am also an author of a motivational and vegetarian cookbook who tends to pair my tea every night with my meals.

My first love is Chinese black teas but also love other black teas from Indonesia, South Korea, Kenya, Himalyas and more. I love world cooking and world teas. I also love green teas that have a vegetal and maybe seaweed quality. I drink my teas naked, unless I have a herbal tea before bed such as an ayurvedic tea as a “yoga” tea where I will add almond, coconut, or soy milk with honey or agave.

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