I couldn’t find a tea with & or and, so I went for a sipdown of Simpson & Vail instead. At least its a sipdown, though I’m sure my next S&V order will have this tea in it.
This is still a strong brisk tea with a nice bite to it. Brews up quickly and would make a good travel tea, maybe with a bit of Yunnan to soften it up a bit. It balances the bitterness on a knife edge, I know it’s a sharp taste that will pucker my mouth, and yet I want another sip. At least all the bitter, metallic taste is up front, the finish is malty and nutty.

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!


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