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    Lochan Tea Doke Black Fusion 2014

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry with golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain infuser mug Liquor: dark amber One thing that I love about the teas that I’ve tried from +Lochan Tea Limited is that they are never quite what I expected. Of course, I mean that in the best way possible. The dry leaves were mostly whole with some golden tips interspersed. I was surprised to find a depth and complexity that I’ve never really gotten from an Indian grown black tea before. The taste was robust with notes of molasses, rose and a pleasant bit of maltiness. It wasn’t exactly what…

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    Happy Earth Tea Yunnan Gold Supreme Organic

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, tippy and golden Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic teapot Liquor: deep reddish brown You all know that +Happy Earth Tea is my go to when it comes to Darjeeling but they also have a very nice selection of teas from other growing regions as well. I love Yunnan red teas and this one was very nice. The leaves were mostly whole leaves with a nicely mottled golden color to them. Love those fuzzy buds! The taste was earthy and sweet with a pleasant maltiness. Subtle notes of chocolate, fruit and even florals added a nice level of complexity. It…

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    Whittard of Chelsea Assam Hazelbank

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: reddish brown I really enjoy a good Assam. It’s a full-bodied breakfast tea that puts a little hair on your chest. I was initially attracted to this particular one from +Whittard of Chelsea because the estate name is given. It’s still not very common to see but I’m glad that this practice increasing. The dry leaves were small but good quality. They were mostly unbroken with scattered golden tips. The taste was bold and flavorful with lots of malty pep. This is definitely a tea that can stand up to…