On the radio this afternoon they're doing the (oh ho!) Tea-lympics where you have to give gold, silver and bronze to three teas
🥉 Yorkshire Tea (yes only third!)
🥈 Barnsley Brew (much smokier than supermarket teas, really nice)
🥇 Cheshire Breakfast Tea (a really lovely black tea with an added kick from saffron petals!)
What's yours!? 🍵
@ak But I would be interested in trying Barnsley Brew - I have a feeling that Barnsley folk know how to make a good cuppa.
@jamie You used to be able to get it on Barnsley market, but last time I was there a few weeks ago, the stall was gone (as were half the traders, thanks covid)
Nowadays you can buy it online (on a website peppered with Barnsley dialect) https://www.barnsleybrew.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/24-barnsley-brew-tea-bags
Bronze: 1990's wet storage 7581, a nostalgic favourite
Silver: Orchid aroma Wuyi oolong
Gold: high altitude Li Shan oolong
@ak Ha, it does!
Translation: wet storage in this case means a tea importer/exporter in HK kept it in a humid environment for 0.5-3 years to accelerate aging.
7581 is Chinese Tea Factory code: 75=a recipe developed in 1975. 8=average grade of the leaves is 8 (cheap by the standards of a pu'erh factory). 1=Kunming TF.
These were ripened pu'erh bricks that back then could be had for insanely cheap prices, and were really fantastic tea.
@ak (and to qualify for the tea-lympics: I still have about 400g of one such brick, which I'm very slowly drinking)
not sure about top three right now, but there's an interesting smoked assam (in the style of lapsang souchong) I tried recently that's pretty good: https://www.tea-chronicles.com/fu-soonga-smoked-assam-tea/
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