Every morning I make a cup of tea. I've got my favorite mugs, and I recently purchased a sweet water boiler that tells you the temperature of the water as it heats. The Japanese are serious about their tea, I'm forever thankful for that.
When my wife and I went to Ireland, we were introduced to several brands of strong black breakfast tea. While I stocked up as much as I could, alas, the tea eventually ran out. America has many things for sale, but Irish black tea is apparently not among the more accessible of them. So, decaffeinated and lost, I began my search for an equivalent cup of tea.
The good people at Tao of Tea introduced me to a strong, dark brew known as Assam CTC, or Sada Chai.
While I generally brew it as straight tea (with a little milk), my wife does it up right. She actually follows the directions on the tin, adding milk and spices and heating it all together. I love it when she makes that for the both of us.
I never knew my journey to find the perfect black tea would lead me to these rolled little leaves, but I'm glad it has.