I’m so lucky to have friends that bring me tea from their travels. It’s incredibly thoughtful of them, and allows me to try teas that I might otherwise not have access to. One of my good friends here in Chicago recently went to Boulder, CO for a few days, and visited the Dushanbe Teahouse. She was kind enough to bring me a bag of their signature breakfast blend, Boulder Breakfast, to try.

I love how robust this blend is. All breakfast blends are certainly not created equal, and this one is definitely one of the best I’ve had. It’s not too astringent, thanks to the fact that the assam is balanced with keemun and yunnan, and it holds up really well to the addition of cream/milk (one of my crucial criteria for a good breakfast blend). Once this bag runs out, I will definitely be looking to order more; thankfully they have an online store so I can still get my fix. I also hope to try other blends from this tea house as well.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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If you count the bagged stuff, I’ve been a tea drinker for a long time. I first discovered the joys of loose leaf on a trip to London in 2014, and it’s all been downhill from there. I’m still in the phase where I want to try everything, and I’m still developing my tea personality.

Types of tea / tisanes I gravitate toward: black, green oolong, Japanese green, flavored teas (sweet, floral, fruity, minty, complex, you name it), rooibos, roasted mate, and many herbal and fruit combos.

Teas I need to try, try again, or keep trying: white, pu erh, dark oolong, pure Chinese green, mate

I’ll update soon with my rating system!


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