Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow U.S. Steepsterites! I hope you’re all safe and healthy and have a good day, even if it looks different than usual. I’m thankful for YOU, and I’m sending you happy vibes and positive thoughts.

This is a sipdown. I loved this one. It’s a robust blend of Indian black teas, the most dominant of which is Assam. It’s like an elevated Irish breakfast tea.
The steeped liquor is a ruddy color and smells like autumn leaves, raisins, malt, and wet earth. It has flavor notes of malt, tannins, astringency, a tiny bit of lemon, and bitter cocoa.
Some might say this was just a standard black breakfast tea, but it’s a memorable one for me. Very high quality, low maintenance, and hearty.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Butter, Cocoa, Lemon, Malt, Raisins, Wet Earth

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Favorite tea types: Black, pu’erh, oolong, kombucha, genmaicha, floral greens, matcha, yaupon, mate, rooibos, and honeybush.

Favorite flavor notes: Roasted, fermented, earthy, floral, nutty, bread-y, umami; dessert-inspired flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and maple.

Picky about, but not opposed to: chai, spice/ spicy, fruit flavors, and herbal tisanes.

Flat-out dislike: White tea, most unflavored green teas, hibiscus, plain peppermint.

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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