When I want a change of pace from the usual tippy golden Yunnan/Fujian black teas, this is what I want. Sure, every once in a great while I’ll look for the Assam I probably have somewhere in my cupboard, but this tea is a really great Yunnan pure black. It has the complexity of maybe an old arbor black tea, but it’s smoother and also totally different. It resets my brain and briefly rids me of the tendency to assume that stronger is better.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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Eau Claire, WI native and current UW student living in Madison. My hometown had a tea shop that got me into tea before I went off to college to learn from talking to experts in Nashville and Madison, particularly the owner of Macha Tea Company. My tastes change with the seasons, but I love sheng and shou pu-erh, rock oolongs, Taiwanese oolongs, Yunnan blacks, and Japanese greens.

My love of tea is balanced by my love of good coffee (I have lists of the best coffee shops for Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Nashville, and Chicago) and my love of chemistry and environmental sciences, my fields of study in college.


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