drank Hawaii-Grown Black by Samovar
237 tasting notes

I am so pulled in two opposite directions by this tea – on the one hand, I want to make it last as long as possible because it is so wonderful (ah yes, also because it ain’t cheap!), and therefore limit how often I have it and how much leaf I use. On the other hand, I want to be able to do multiple strong, tasty infusions and therefore use a generous amount of dry leaf.

Today strong and tasty won out. Yum! It was really sweet and bready, like I’d dissolved some sort of cookie into it. Nilla Wafers? Graham Crackers? Don’t know, but it was dang good.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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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