Finally got around to drinking this again, at work a few days ago. I keep trying to wait until I have time to pay attention to the brewing, but at that rate I’ll never drink it. So: I used enough leaves to thinly cover the bottom of my mug, and water slightly below boiling. I left the leaves in the mug, drank it when it was cool enough, and added more hot water when it was mostly empty. I probably steeped the leaves 3 or 4 times.

It was really good! Sweet, and nutty, and roasted. A little fruity. Very smooth. It went surprisingly well with the cashews I was snacking on at the time!

195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.


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