Continuing on the journey through my ancient stash of SpecialTeas packets, this one is a bit of a conundrum. The flavour is nice and has a bit of sweetness, but it feels thin, somehow – lacking that fullness I like in black tea. It’s not bad, and I’ll enjoy my pot of it, but it wouldn’t have been one I would buy again. I may overleaf with the remainder of the sample and see if that helps to enrich the flavour.

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML

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I live in Toronto, Canada, land of the fiercely intense, but short, summer, and absurdly long, equally fierce, cold autumn/winter/spring. Tea, coffee, soup, stew, chilli, mulled wine, and hot cider are staples here for a good part of the year.

Currently, I’m really digging plain black tea, chocolate and caramel accented black teas, and chais. I’m not into super grassy teas, but I like a good, smoky jasmine green. I’m told I should try some lapsang and pu’erh, which I intend to do, but I’m hella lazy. One of these days!

I live with one (very loud) Siamese cat, one (floppy-eared and goofy) Doberman Pinscher, and one (somewhat introverted and stoic) man who indulges me shamelessly. I’m pretty lucky. :)


Toronto, ON

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