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1.5 tsp for 300mL water 100C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

Dry leaf: mostly brown, some dark green.
Aroma: smoky toast, some nuttiness.

Wet leaf: mahogany, brown, and amber with some bright green.
Aroma: subtle smoke, earth.

Liquor: reddish brown, light body. Smoky but not tarry. Some surprising crispness and florals— a Nepal or Darjeeling tea in the blend? Some mineral notes as the tea cools.

I wish the body was just a little heavier. Otherwise a very fine Russian Caravan, distinctive and smoky yet also balanced.

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

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