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Ceylon Orange Pekoe from Amazon.com

Tonight is the eve of the big dinner tomorrow. We’re going to cook our first Sunday meal in the new place tomorrow, if you haven’t been following. I’m excited to see Feiya, our daughter, cook in the new kitchen. Really looking forward to it. I’ll take pics and write about it.

Tonight was kind of a dry run for tomorrow. I wanted to see how well our new kitchen performed in front of the camera. It did outstanding. So, I thought why not do a write-up on some tea. I haven’t posted about tea in a long time. I’ll make this short and sweet and of course there’s photos below.

Over last couple of months I calculated how long my supply of tea from Sri Lanka via teakruthie knowing I was moving in 2 months. I finished the supply about 2 weeks ago, and instead of ordering a new batch from teakruthie I dug into my cabinet. I found what I had always knew was there, a pouch of loose leaf English Breakfast tea I bought off of Amazon.com. I remembered finding it a bit to bold and turned to the internet to finds a new strain.

More Than Just a Backup

Always knew that pouch was right there on the shelf just above the bread shelf. I’ll use it in case of an emergency. The first couple of times I brewed it I was pleasantly surprised. It was bold, but smoother than I remembered. In fact, the more I brewed it I noticed it was consistently smooth. I could achieve that with the Ceylon Orange I bought from teakruthie. I finally got it down to about 4th or 5th brew it would be bitter. About ten or so brews after I returned to the Amazon tea I realized how consistent it was. I even increased the time I steeped the tea from 4:30 mins to 5:00 mins. A little bolder, but never bitter.

I’m starting to think this tea is bullet proof. Except for tonight, of all nights. I must have steeped it a little too long. I must have not got the timer set fast of enough. Tonight’s brew is a little strong and just this side of being on the tangy side. So, this tea isn’t as destructible as I thought it was. Good to know!

On my 2nd cup I poured a little half and half in with it and that really knocked it down a notch, but you could still taste the tea. This is a very good tea with milk. However, I like the golden smooth taste of a well brewed Orange Pekoe so, I’ll still continue to fight the good fight. I like my odds with this tea and I think I’ll buy another pouch. You purchase it off of Amazon here: English Breakfast Tea. Oops, I see it’s not available anymore. Looks like I’ll have to search for a new black tea as well. Let the tea chaos begin!

It’s a good tea if you’re into the strong stuff. I’m also going to look into Oolong teas as well. I haven’t had an Oolong tea since I was in China in 2018. I had a lot of different teas there that time as there were a lot of gatherings and celebrations. Some of the teas were pretty good, some not so much. So, I think that will be my next tea adventure, finding a good Oolong. So, while keeping with the consistency of the English Breakfast on hand, I’ll search the world for my favorite Oolong. I’ll try to post all about it.

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Tonights music- Black Market Karma- Animal Jive. Good stuff!

Blissful Harmony | teakruthie

Today was a beautiful day here in Vegas. Mid 70’s, clear sky, light breeze, and like I told my friendly neighbor at the mailboxes, no complaints! So, why not brew nice pot of tea this evening? Can’t really think of a reason not to.

Tonight’s brew is Blissful Harmony from our buddies at teakruthie . This is an infusion of orange Ceylon and white tea. It’s lighter than the Organic Orange from my last post on tea. I over steeped and it went too dark. So, it’s a stronger as usual. You can see by the photos that it’s darker than the orange Ceylon.

I really like this infusion. When done right it’s a nice evening tea. The reviews that I’ve read say it’s ok to add milk to this tea. I haven’t tried it with milk, as it’s very light to me. I’m an English Breakfast kind of guy. So, that being said, I really like this tea. It is very light, so I only drink it in the evening. Tonight’s batch, however, could definitely be drank at breakfast. It’s still a good tea. As you can see by the photos it’s very woody. This carry-overs into the texture of the brewed tea. A very smooth tea with just the right amount of punch, when you need it the least.

I paired tonight’s brew with Animal Cookies. Not my favorite strain, as it’s a little too mellow for me. Currently listening to Rancho Relaxo.

Have a great evening!

Organic Orange tea from teakruthi.

Organic Orange | teakruthie

I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately. When I was in China I was able to sample a lot of home brewed teas from visiting Danas’ relatives homes. They drank only loose leaf tea, mostly oolong teas. They would hand me a cup with a lid on it filled with hot water and tea leaves. Some of the teas were good and some not so good, to my tastes.

When we came home Dana’s father tried to load us up with a 5lb brick of black tea. We had to watch our weight so we instead brought home a 1lb brick. I drank that all last winter not knowing if I was making it right or wrong. I was basically making it like they did in China and throw some leaves in the bottom of the cup. The tea was “ok”. It had a subtle seaweed like taste to it. I got used to it and brewed and drank the whole brick.

Over this past summer I was able to keep my apartment a little cooler and I continued to drink tea. I drank only Lipton, hot and iced. I started to think about that funny tasting black tea I brought home from China. Surely, there had to be a better. Right? I turned to Amazon and found an English Breakfast Black Tea. I started by brewing it in my cup and found that it turned very bitter. So, I started using my french press and the 1st cup was good, but the 2nd cup not so much. At that point, I didn’t know if it was the tea or me.

I dug a little deeper and I found a website called teakruthi. They are based in Sri Lanka and sell a variety of loose leaf teas. My first order was the Organic Orange, a Ceylon black tea; Blissful Harmony, an infusion of black and white teas; and they sent me a free sample of Ceylon Gold, a white tea. I also received 40% off my 1st order. Not a bad deal at all.

Tonight’s tea is the Organic Orange. As you can see in the pictures it lives true to it’s name. I brewed this using my brand new Tea Balls. Yep, that’s what they’re called, tea balls and I’m not ashamed of using them either. I’ll get a little more in depth on my brewing process and even write a review or two. For now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening.

Tonight’s pairing- A mix of Purple Punch from State Flower and Do-Sa-Do from 8|Fold. I’ll start posting about my experiences with the local marijuana dispensaries and their products here in Las Vegas in the near future. Listening to- Dana playing the piano.