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1 bag for 250mL water 100C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.

Dry tea bag aroma: faintly spicy from the Darjeeling and coppery from the Ceylon.

Liquor: beautiful reddish brown, perhaps from the Keemun in the blend.

Some malt and heft from Assam. Bright notes from the Ceylon and Darjeeling, with a slightly bitter, slightly smoky finish. Strong taste but only a medium body. A little too bitter: that might be improved with milk or sugar, but I prefer my tea bare. (Added: the bitterness settles as the tea cools.)

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