Found this interesting blend during a recent vacation. Visually it is pretty and the aroma is sweet and intoxicating so I bought a big bag…

On the advice of the salesperson, I steeped it for less time than I would have left a typical green. I was glad that I did this, as I learned later that too much time makes it very bitter. But a short steep was fragrant, floral, sweet, and nutty. Very almond-y, as I like it.

This is a versatile tea and is equally delicious hot or iced. A little sugar is a modest remedy if you get distracted and leave it to steep too long.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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I have loved tea since I was a child, this being a gift bestowed upon me by my mother. It all began with her cups of sweetened Constant Comment (sometimes spiked with a bit of Jim Beam, to cure aches and pains) on cold evenings, and over the years I have enjoyed many teas that have made their way to my kitchen from all over the world.

I must admit from the start that am not a tea-snob. I enjoy the flavors from my own summer garden all through the winter months. There are a few grocery-varieties that will always be on hand (especially Constant Comment) that evoke dear memories of the past. And in that never-quite quenched search for the exquisite, the never-before known flavor, the ultimate tea…well, there are some of those that I love as well. The point is, the longer I live, the more I realize that free can taste just as delicious as $$$. Drink what tastes good, and what satiates your soul.


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