I’ll admit I was incredibly ignorant of the tea-making history of Laos, but this beautiful black from Rakkasan has been an eye-opener in more ways than one.

This tea is woodsy, full-bodied and has an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. It’s reminiscent of an Irish Breakfast tea without that astringent bite at the end and there are notes that remind me of decomposing late-autumn leaves and something that makes me think of mushrooms (though it’s certainly not any flavor in particular).

This feels like a tea you should sip while leafing through a leather-bound book…probably while studying for law school or med school or something equally stressful and prone to creating good in the world.

(and on a personal note it’s heartening to hear that the company “imports solely from carefully selected estates in post-conflict countries as a way to promote peace and economic growth.”)

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Self-employed, sleep deprived and always on the go.

Trying to cut down on caffeine – trying being the operative word – but I’m generally an Earl Grey drinker with a strong aversion to coconut, jasmine and chocolate in my tea.

I brew almost exclusively Western style, unsweetened.
Rating Scale

90-100: Cupboard staple – will buy when I run out

75-90: I’ll drink what I have, may restock when out

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0-55: Might finish it, might feed it to the sink
If you see something in my cupboard and want to try it, hit me up – I’m always down to sell/trade samples


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