(Named) Journal 7, Page 335, Teas in Progress

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Tea Naming

A small white bowl full of a blend of black teas, set on a wooden surface.

7-335 was created because there was an individual who stated that he wanted to drink more Desert Sage Natural tea.1

One of the things he pointed out was the relative dearth of strict black tea blends that didn’t involve smoke.

To my chagrin, I realized that he was not wrong, and that my love of smoky teas had created a bit of a blind spot.

He provided me with some teabags of the tea he drank most frequently – which was a store-brand Irish Breakfast.  After taste testing it, I did some research into what teas are usually used to create that particular tea blend.

When completed, it did not fit the preferences of he-who-had-inspired it, but it has been enjoyed by several others since, including one individual who specifically stated that they had gone for a longer steep, and that this tea was still quite tasty without becoming bitter.

7-335 is a blend of Assam and Ceylon, and it is a tea I could then use to make other teas. As a foundational, the theme of it would be important. I still like the idea of series of tea, even if it sometimes complicates the naming process.

If you have any ideas on what it should be called, I would appreciate it.

The only useful themes that have come to mind are either something connected to confounding expectations or being other than expected – in a positive fashion. Or something that references coming through experiences that could have made one bitter and did not. The sorts of things where you wonder why, exactly, you need to keep being forged.

Per usual, characters and fandoms of all sorts are welcomed. Though, if it is not something I am familiar with, I will have to become so before naming a tea in reference.

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  1. I doubt this is the case now, but the initial thought did produce a lovely tea, for which I am grateful.

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