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Indian teas and other stimulants

Thi N. | Sep 14, 200303:25 PM

Firstly: dear Amy had the wisdom of asking the Chado tea dude what his favorite Earl Grey was. Chado, I think I've posted before, isn't the best for greens and Asian stuff in general, but has the most stunning Darjeeling, Nilgiri, and Ceylon I've had.

(Nilgiri is the bargain, in my book. Darjeelings are fabulous, but can frequently run upwards of $7 an ounce. Their best Nilgiri is a pretty great tea, and sort of stunningly cheap at $2 an ounce. Which - since you can get about 20 or 25 tea servings to an ounce, is not a bad price for a high-flight tea experience).

Anyway, he said instantly: Imperial Earl Grey. The Earl Grey that was then produced was the absolute fullest flavored Earl Grey I've ever had. Speaking as a sort of tea snob, who mostly just refuses any sort of flavored teas, speaking as a tea fanatic who now mostly orders oolongs from some dude I met on the Internet who lives at the base of a big tea-mountain in Taiwan, speaking as the sort of pure-green-tea fanatic who has almost started a fight when somebody threatened to put milk and sugar in my tea, this Earl Grey is goddamn fantastic.

I think it's about $5 an ounce, which I pay gladly, with a song in my heart.


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