The Orangery Tea Rooms

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One thing I’ve majorly missed during lockdown is visiting new places and finding new gems for a good ol cuppa.

So making the most of my weekends as I’ve been working throughout the whole pandemic I paid a visit to The Orangery Tea Rooms , which is based at Ketteringham Hall in Norfolk , England.

There falling full guidance to be covid safe so know-one needs to worry and it was very well signed it to keep the staff and visitors safe.

The Tea rooms itself is situated alongside the hall in some lovely grounds.

Cream Tea

After browsing the menu it wasn’t difficult to choose what I was going to try. So I went for the classic Cream Tea. I was very impressed that I was able to choose which tea i’d like to have with it. So of course I chose their Earl Grey.

Given the current climate all cream teas and their menu is takeaway only but when you’ve got lovely grounds to sit in , it wasn’t going to be an issue.

For a “takeaway” cream tea I was super impressed. Especially as it’s my first visit to the tea rooms I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Come on just look at that scone , I’ve tasted and baked enough scones to know that from just looking at that one it’s going to be tasty.

I’m a jam first person always ! Mainly because the cream sits better on the jam in my opinion and it just doesn’t taste the same to me eaten any other the way.

The scone was light well risen yet crisp in the right places for that perfect bite.

The Earl Grey to my surprise was an actually a homemade teabag filled with looseleaf tea. The Earl Grey was perfectly balanced in its floral bergamot tones. As always I drink my earl grey tea black to allow the tea flavours to sing.

You could have had any of the teas or hot drinks with the cream teas for any of you who aren’t tea drinkers, although I’m sure that doesn’t apply to any of you !!!!

For me when having a cream tea or an afternoon tea I tend to favour teas like earl grey or flavoured black teas as the freshness of the tea makes the taste of the food much nicer. However tea is unique to you so drink what ever you like !

I’d highly recommend paying a visit to the orangery as why wouldn’t you want to sit in the lovely grounds having a cream tea with good company on a lovely day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Clean Tea – Zest

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Today we are sipping on Zest a tea blend by Clean Tea.

Clean Tea is a company that’s “creates blends from the heart, with our own hands, that we hope you enjoy, and will leave you feeling amazing.

Why Clean Tea? Because it is clean of chemicals or artificial flavours. Just organic, natural herbs and fruits in delicious beneficial flavours. Made with love from Byron Bay

Handcrafted and family operated by a mother and daughter team, we both have a love and passion for health and tea.” Info taken direct from their website.

To find out more or to try Clean Tea for yourself hit the link : https://cleantea.co.uk

Zest

Upon open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with a punch of lemon. Considering the three types of lemon based ingredients within the blend it’s hardly surprising but it appeals to the senses and it has mouth watering capabilities.

For this blend of tea Clean Tea combines :Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Peel and Ginger.

Let’s Get Brewing!

As soon as the boiling water hits the loose leaf tea the magic happens. The aroma doesn’t massively change other than the lemon grass becoming more prominent, compared to the dry state.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I do love the use of lemon in teas and this just BeauTEAful. The ingredients of the tea blend together just perfectly. Sometimes I find that teas that rely on lemongrass for its lemonness can almost be harsh in its flavour but with this tea it’s not the case.

This tea manages to be zingy without the sharpness a lemon could normally bring you because of this you can’t help going back for more.

Mellow Yellow comes to mind when sipping on this tea. It’s a calm and relaxing tea to sip on but also punchy and refreshing. It takes you away to a dreamy place. Seeing as I can’t travel anywhere at the moment a nice warm beach would do. Ahh bliss.

Having this tea as cold brew would definitely be worth a try on a hot summers day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

L’Atelier du Thé – Pink Panther

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What better way to spend an afternoon than sipping on a brew ! Thanks to the lovelies at L’Atelier du Thé I bring you their Pink Panther.

L’ATELIERduThé is a French tea company, which fuses their rich Chinese heritage with their French Palates to blend high quality global teas that taste great. Along with working with a Eco-conscious mindset. To find out more or to try their teas hot the link !

https://atelierduthe.com

Pink Panther

For this tea blend L’Atelier du Thé uses : Black Tea, Dried Strawberries and Natural Strawberry Flavour.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry tones of the loose leaf tea. Is mouthed wateringly enticing and here’s to hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t differ too much from its dry state which is a very good sign indeed.

With any black based tea even with an added flavouring your expecting to get a brown brewed liquid. This tea is no exception to this.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious.
The balance of flavour is just perfect. The black tea aspect of this blend is just right and it’s not over powering the strawberry. It is able to shine through along side the black tea base in perfect harmony. Which is an amazing find within a tea blend.

The use of the strawberry within the blend brings an add sweetness to the sipping experience. It’s just uplifts the tea and almost takes off what can be a bitter side to the tea sip with a black tea.

Any black tea with a flavouring I personally always drink black and recommend that you do too. I can’t help but feel that with this tea if you were to add some milk it would give off a strawberry milkshake vibe.

This is tea isn’t one to be rushed. It’s the kind of tea for a full on moment. It’s flavour is to be savoured. Light and refreshing but dark and sweet too. This tea is one of great things where you really do get from the blend what it says it’s going todo and that is a sip worth enjoying at a leisurely pace.


A BeauTEAful brew!

Happy Sipping 🙂

Joes Tea Co. St.Clements Lemon

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Today we are sipping on St. Clements Lemon, From Joes Tea Co.

Joes Tea Co was founded in 2012 where he sought after organic blends and has since won 25 great taste awards. Joe is after the best and when he means best it’s referring to exceptionally sourced ethical , organic tea plantations.

To find out more or to try this or any of their other teas hit the link below:

https://joesteacompany.com

St. Clements Lemon

As soon as you open the little box you are instantly engulfed with a wave of lemongrass and ginger. It’s super punchy which is giving a great vibe for this tea. It’s not until a closer sniffing that fruity citrus tones of the orange and mandarin start to peep through.

For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses: Lemongrass, orange peel, ginger, natural orange flavour, mandarin flavour.

Let’s get brewing!

Upon brewing the tea and the aroma continues to intensify and the lemongrass becomes the biggest smell.

As to be expected given the ingredients within the blend the brewed liquid is of a yellowy Orange.

Let’s get sipping

First sip is just tealicious like it’s aroma it’s sip is punchy and flavoursome. Like I find with a lot of teas they can be what I like to call a 2 part sip. Where you start off with one flavour and finish’s with a second. With this tea the first part is the lemongrass and ginger followed by the second part of orange and clementine.

The only downside of a 2 part sip tea is that some of the flavours instead of blending together they are slightly more separated than blended as one.

Although with this tea the lemongrass is the most prominent flavour but the citrus flavours make a refreshing fruity after taste.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittards – Nutcracker Tea

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The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singling loud for all to hear! Or get pouring a massive pot of Tea. As most of my friends and family know I’m a bit of a tea but so what better way than to treat me is to buy me tea! After spending a festive weekend away with one of my besteas she surprised me with the gift of tea! A festive tea filled bauble of Whittards – Nutcracker Tea.

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Isn’t it just the cutest!
Although it’s a bit big for my tiny xmas tree, hehe.

Once popping opening the bauble tin inside you find a tea pouch filled with tea.

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For this tea Whittards blends : Rooibos, Hazelnut Brittle (sugar, hazelnuts), Pecan Kernels, Walnuts, Flavourings, Grated Coconut, Cinnamon, Stevia Leaves. Doesn’t that just sounds tealicious. Even better that its caffeine free and their for the perfect Christmas tea to sip on before bed time.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the smells of a rich fruity toasted aroma. The depths of the smells coming from the tea is very intense. The hazelnut brittle packs a very sweet intensity to the blends underdone by the coconut an almost toasted side to the nuts. It’s only within further scrutiny that that you can detect the Rooibos but it’s very subtle.

Let’s Get Brewing

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The aromas whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from what it smells like in its dry state. It’s still rich sweet and toasty but the Roobois is still the hardest to detect.

The brewed liquid as expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is the distinct redy brown.

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Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious !

I really am surprised by how nutty the tea really is! I know it’s called nutcracker but it really does fit it’s name. It’s rich sweet toasty. All the flavours work together just perfectly providing a hidden richness. It’s not until what I like to call the after taste the flavour of the Rooibos has its chance to shine. This isn’t a bad thing because it allows you to enjoy the rich nutty tones followed by the refreshingness and distinct Rooibos flavour. It’s almost like a mini pallet cleanser before the next nutty sip.

Now who doesn’t love a roasted , toasted nut at Christmas ? Not me and hopefully not you !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Very Craftea – Earl Grey Orange Blossom

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Today I’m sipping on my first try of Very Craftea. So thank you for sending me a selection of your teas to try. I can’t wait to get sipping on these.

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Direct from their website :
“The idea of Very Craftea was thought up one evening with my good friend Natalie, a cup of tea, some cake and trying to answer the thought provoking questions, like ‘why aren’t there trousers for dogs?’ ”
Now that is a very sensible topic but more than that it led them thinking about how great “Good company and tea. What would make it even better would be a craft kit to go along with it. Natalie then said “Oh, we’re Very Craftea – you know, like craft and tea” and that’s how Very Craftea came into existence “.
The premise was simple, sell tea and craft kits! But loads of companies sell craft kits, and even more sell tea so other than our amazing name, I needed to be different. I tackled the tea first….

I sell socially responsible loose leaf tea. What does that mean I hear you ask. Well, I work with a single tea supplier and they give 50% of their profits to address the issue of educational development in and around the under-served tea growing region of Darjeeling, so the more tea I sell, the more money can go towards projects to help. This money goes direct to the people it affects, not to a big corporation. [UPDATE: My plan for 2019 is to give back myself and I’m looking into different schemes in how to do this, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates]

Next the craft kits. A long time trying to find, modern, fresh kits which more importantly contained everything that was needed to finish it (how many times have you bought a kit, only to realise you need to buy loads of other stuff to finish it? Ain’t nobody got time for that!) So all the kits I sell are not only super fly, but also with everything contained. They are also made by other woman, in the UK who have their own small businesses.

Now I’m all for a bit of girl power especially being one myself girls helping girls and supporting them and shouting about what we can offer. Especially when these CrafTEA ladies are only in the neighbouring county !

To find out more about Very Craftea for yourself hot the link https://www.verycraftea.co.uk

Earl Grey Orange Blossom

For this blend Very Craftea uses Premium black tea, Bergamot oil flavour, Orange blossoms.

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I love how Very Craftea describes the best time to brew is when you need some caffeine and want to be all fancy. Stick that pinky out when you sip! There’s something quite quintessential about a mug of earl grey tea and I love sipping on mine in the afternoon when I just don’t fancy some milk in my cuppa.

Let’s get brewing !

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The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t overly, change other than the warmth of the liquid has heightened the Orangey flavour to become more apparent. Which when smelling along side the bergamot is just beauTEAful.

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As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is that of a dark brown liquid. Traditionally you don’t add milk to an earl grey tea but no judgement here and if you want to add milk you go for it! I love trying new earl grey yeas especially ones that have something different to offer.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious. The bergamot and the Orange blossom just works perfectly together. The flavours of the two citrus fruits adds to the fragrance
and almost floral aspects of the tea. After doing a little bit of research on orange blossom apparently it can also be an aphrodisiac ! Who’d have thought it or in this case sipped it!

For me what I love about any Earl Grey is the way other ingredients added to the “normal” blend can change the sipping experience. For me the use of the Orange blossom is just perfect. It’s not over powering in its flavour it’s enough to let you know it’s there but it also allows the bergamot and black tea to equally have its say within the blend and as part of each sip. Which is what a great tea should achieve so bonus points to Very Craftea.

This tea is one of those that’s perfect for afternoon sipping or as part of an afternoon tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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De Oliveria Tea House – Sweet As Apple Pie

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Thanks to the lovelies at De Oliveria Tea House for sending me some of their tea all the way from Australia to the UK for me to try.

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De Oliveria Tea House

THEIR MISSION: TO PROVIDE THE EXPERIENCE OF COMFORT AND SELF-INDULGENCE THROUGH THE JOY OF A WARM CUP OF TEA, WHILE STAYING ECO-FRIENDLY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

The formation and this behind De Oliveria Tea House is unlike any other I’ve heard of before. You may need to grab tissues!
(Taken from their website https://deoliveirateahouse.com)

De Oliveira Tea House was inspired by a man named Eugene de Oliveira. A beautiful, intelligent, creative and warm hearted man who lit up any room he was in.

Our family tragically lost Eugene on May 27th, 2019, a few weeks after his 27th birthday.

While we no longer have the blessing of having him around physically, we have the gift of his presence and his vision for the future.

Each tea we blend and package is full of love, devotion and hope.

We dreamt that through these teas, we could give our customers the same warm comfort Eugene gave us. We want to create a legacy he’d be proud to lend his name to.
Now if you weren’t already feeling inspired by story then you might do just now as these awesome people also reinvest $1 from each tea pouch sale in Kiva Loans to help those less fortunate get on their feet.
Now if that’s not a better reason than to spread the tea love I don’t know what is!

Sweet As Apple Pie

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For this blend De Oliveira Tea House only uses organic ingredients of the following: Rooibos, Honeybush, Apple Pieces, Cinnamon, Vanilla Pod Powder & Ginger.

On opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the sweets sea of the vanilla and fruity tones of the organic apple pieces . It’s almost hard to even distinguish the Rooibos and Honeybush aspect of the tea in its smell straight from the pouch.

Let’s get brewing !

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Upon brewing the aroma of the tea completely changes to that of its dry state. It allows the Rooibos to really sing and allows the cinnamon and ginger to warm and develop as the flavours intensify.

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As expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is a brewed liquid that has a brown redy tinge.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip hellloooooo Rooibos, which is first taste followed then by the after taste of the apple chunks. Despite its aroma the tea isn’t overly as sweet as I expected it to be. However I find that the tea being this way allows for the flavours of vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to naturally enhance their flavours and natural sweetness. Despite the Rooibos and Honeybush having what at times can be an “overpowering” flavour , this blend manages to allow the other ingredients to have turn not just separately but individually.

This blend is also pretty unique I’ve had plenty off apple teas and even more Rooibos teas but together nope ! It’s a new one for me and a lovely guilt free apple pie perfect for autumn weather and cosy nights in.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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L’ATELIERduThé – Breakfast in Asia

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Today I’m sipping on Breakfast in Asia from L’ATELIERduThé. I absolutely love the wooden tea caddy that it comes in. Its not like anything I’ve seen before so love the uniqueness it brings. Even more so when it says that it’s completely compostable too.

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L’ATELIERduThé is a French tea company, which fuses their rich Chinese heritage with their French Palates to blend high quality global teas that taste great. Along with working with a Eco-conscious mindset.

To find out more or to try L’ATELIERduThé hit the link below.
https://atelierduthe.com

Breakfast in Asia
Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly hit with an almost earthy aroma of a black tea.

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Let’s get Brewing!

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Whilst brewing the tea the aroma becomes slightly more mellowed. As expected with a black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown in its colouring.

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For first sip I decided to give the tea a go as a black tea based on the reasoning that the tea was designed to be a lighter breakfast tea. Upon sipping the tea the flavour is typically that of a black tea. However it’s got a slight tang that is slightly more earthy than I tend to expect with a traditional breakfast tea but then this is an Asian style one. To try an add a twist or even more enjoyable sip I decide to add a splash of milk.

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Once adding the milk the sip for me has increasingly improved. By adding the milk to the brew to me it further allows the smoothness of it to finally come through. It’s almost enhanced the teas flavour and has allowed in my opinion the natural sweetness of the blend to come through. As well as making it a much more pleasurable experience.

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Teabury – Spotless

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Thanks to the lovelies at Teabury for sending me two of their lovely blends to try!

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Teabury are small independent tea company with a big heart for everything organic and quality, specifically when it comes to the ingredients used within their tea blends.
Teabury‘s motto is ‘Keep it simple’. Therefore chose to not use artificial flavours. I love it when they say “We love nature and all its beauty, colours, smells, tastes and goodness. We ask the question ‘Why flavour something artificially when there is so much natural beauty and goodness around?” To allow there natural ingredients to do the talking. To ensure there tea has intensity of flavour each tea is hand blended in small batches, with love and care. As to Teabury Happiness certainly is tea in a cup!

To find out more or to have a go at blending your own tea with Teabury visit
https://teabury.com

Spotless

Teabury acknowledges that beauty comes from within and by sipping on this tea they to hope provide not just a pleasant sipping experience but the natural ingredients used within the blend should also help bring back clearer skin to its drinker! Now ifs that not a big enough reason to get sipping on a tea then what is.

For this blend Teabury uses 100% Organic Rooibos, Organic Spearmint and Organic Chamomile.

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Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with an overload of spearmint. It’s super punchy and gets your senses going. It’s not until further smelling that you can pick out the floral aroma of the chamomile with under hints of the Rooibos.

Let’s get brewing!

Whilst brewing the aroma doesn’t overly change. The spearmint is less prominent it’s almost like it’s calming down. Allowing from under its minty sweetness the chamomile to pop up and say hello!
I was also,surprised by the brewed liquid,with it being more brown in colour rather than the greeny tinge,you tend to get with teas that contain mint.

First Sip is tealicious !

It is minty fresh ! What I love about this tea blend is the use of the spearmint. Unlike other types of mint the flavour is slightly different. To me it’s adding an extra sweetness to the blend. But it’s also less harsh and rather than being pungent and overbearing, it’s pleasant and inviting. Plus spearmint is commonly used for digestion.

On almost what I call the after sip of drinking the tea is where the other two ingredients get to shine. The chamomile adds a much lightness to the tea adding the delicate floral aspect to the sip. Where as the Rooibos within the blend adds a more earthy flavour. Together the mixture of all three work in harmony with each other taking it in turns to be part of the sip. One only downside and this is personal taste wise is I’d personally prefer the taste of the Rooibos and Chamomile to be a little bit stronger with the spearmint being a little bit weaker but that’s just me.

Like with many peppermint based teas the flavour doesn’t change as the tea cools and I can tell it would be lovely served over ice!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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Nisi – Camomile and Lavender

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Nisi is a tea company based in Greece. They are a natural tea and herbs specialists. Focusing on the beneficial properties of Greek nature without any chemicals. Using the purity and potency of herbal healing. Nisi believes that sipping tea can be more than just a pleasure to sip on but also have many health benefits.

Today I’m sipping on two of their ingredients to make my own blend. Their Camomile and Lavender.

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Their Camomile tea is grown in Greece and tends to have a more sweet and earthy taste to it compared to camomile grown in other countries. As its produced locally it allows Nisi to know that due to the nutrient rich grounds it’s grown in allows extra strength within the ingredients.
As I like to drink my camomile primarily in the evening Nisi suggested to add some lavender to the blend, which I’m going to give a try. Like the camomile its locally sourced/grown in highly, nutritious soil for the best yield.

Let’s get brewing !

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In my infuser I firstly filled it with camomile, of which smelt super powerful in its flavour and I’m very much hoping it tastes that way too. I then popped it in the mug and filled it with water. I then added in two sprigs of lavender and left it for a few minutes to infuse.

While brewing the aroma intensified with the richness of the camomile and the lavender it was mixing together perfectly and was certainly getting the taste buds going.

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After brewing I removed the lavender and the infuser and was left with a light yellow brewed liquid.

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First sip and wowzer what a punch !

The camomile taste just shines through. Due to the naturalness of the dried camomile its flavour is very strong. It may even be the the strongest tasting camomile I’m yet to try. The flavour is so pure and rich it really is a taste sensation.

With the use of the two sprigs of lavender it provides a perfect side balance. It’s just enough to allow the lavender to add a delicate flavour to the sip so that it doesn’t over power the camomile. It works in harmony with up the camomile adding a further floral undertone.

Combined together the camomile and lavender just works. The richness and strength of the blend is just amazing and will knock your socks off. Yet it also has a pure smoothness which adds further pleasure to the sipping experiences which just exquisite. Wether this down to the pureness of the ingredients or some magical Greek goodness!

Happy Sipping 🙂

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