Smokey and Sweet – Just Sit Right Back…

The hunt for the perfect black tea base for a boba black milk tea can lead you into uncharted waters. And while I would like to fancy myself the Ginger of Gilligan’s ill-fated crew [cue Gilligan’s Island theme song], I’m more of a blend of the Professor and Gilligan when it comes to tea investigationsContinue reading “Smokey and Sweet – Just Sit Right Back…”

We are a ritualistic people…

I’ve finally fallen into a bit of a tea rhythm…in process and spread… Method and order – tea measured. Water heated and poured. My little phone timer set just right for periodic agitations… My novice tea ceremony… Hello Queen Catherine – it’s been awhile…having been dwelling in the world of strict Yunnan blacks, I findContinue reading “We are a ritualistic people…”

I Heart Hario

My Hario fulfills all my secret wanna-be mad scientist desires – deeply suppressed since my “Real Genius” days… I am the proud owner of a Hario Largo Tea Dripper, 800mL which sits on a VSS-1T Acrylic Stand, and draws down into a V60 Range Server. I brew all my black and green teas in myContinue reading “I Heart Hario”

Don’t Worry – Just Gyokuro With It…

It’s hard for me to narrow a favorite Anything anymore…I went from someone who could find something positive in anything (I’m American) to a constant weigher of pros and cons (my spouse is a Brit) so needless to say, I’ve become a bit more discerning over the years 🙂 So like the Greek goddess Themis, IContinue reading “Don’t Worry – Just Gyokuro With It…”

Today’s Brew: Townshend’s Tea Company – No. 3 Assam (Irish Breakfast)

As described, malty and robust…a delicate honey finish (not at all pronounced like the Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company’s Honey Black – sublime). A must with dairy as it is super sharp without it. The milk makes it a kinder-gentler assam which is not overtly tannin-y. Brew and enjoy!

Today’s Brew: Simpson & Vail’s Assam – Beesakopie Estate

Brisk and citrus – sharp and astringent – without the milk, of course. But upon adding a nice dollop of milk, it seemed as if the milk fats and sugars coaxed out all the malty-goodness that was hiding in this tea. Warm cocoa flavors did not overwhelm the flavor the malt but provided a nutty backdropContinue reading “Today’s Brew: Simpson & Vail’s Assam – Beesakopie Estate”