Egg cake, strawberry’s and China Keemun Hong Cha Hao Ya

Egg cake & Strawberry’s are a great combination. Paired with a China Keemun Hong Cha Hao Ya. Brings out the sweet strawberry aroma and the stone fruit aroma’s in the tea. What a wonderful combination

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Pastry and Zealong New Zealand black

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Tofu, spicy sauce and Malawi Smallholders OP1 black tea

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Raffaello and Earl Grey based on an Assam

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Chocolates and Yunnan Gold

Couldn’t resist picking up some beautiful chocolates at my local Simon Lèvelt store. The shop owner suggested their Yunnan Gold to drink with these beauties. She was right! Brewed it real strong in order to taste both tea and chocolates. 9 grams of tea on 500 ml of 90 degrees Celsius water and a steeping time of 3 minutes. Normally I would use 80 degrees Celsius water and a 1-2 minute steep but the tea really needs more extraction in order not to taste like hot water. The slight astringency balances the sweetness of the chocolates and brings out the chocolaty flavour much more.

Crisps and China Fujian Golden Monkey

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Italian nougat and Ceylon Nuwara Eliya Lovers Leap Estate

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Spring rolls and India Meghalaya La Kyrsiew

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