Trying another cup of this to compare it to my first tasting several weeks back. Again, I’m impressed by the depth of color after even a relatively short steep – it’s a deep and dark brown. I steeped it just a bit longer than last time (3.5 minutes vs. 3 minutes), and found that this brought out more distinctly the dried fruit flavors. Still getting a good amount of malt in there too. No cream or sugar around to try it with those additives this time, but I’ll try to remember them for next time – I think they would work out well.

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!


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