Smooth black tea that packs a punch of spicy heat.
Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love wickedly spicy food. I also happen to enjoy a nice black tea from time to time (though given the choice I prefer a fragrant, earthy oolong). So I was very curious what this one would be like.
It turns out the answer is: quite good!
The black tea is very nice. I’d describe it as a solid Assam-style black (and I wrote that before checking the label, so, well done Vintage Fork!)
But the question I’m sure everyone is asking is: how spicy was it? I’d personally describe it as present but gentle, producing a nice warming without being too assertive. Though I should caveat that by noting I tend to eat very spicy food, so my scale for heat might be a little… askew. As was the case with the Garlic Tea, I was genuinely surprised how well this pairing worked.
All in all, I really enjoyed this one, and unlike their Garlic Tea, I can see enjoying this at any time, even when I’m not eating a savoury meal.
I finally put together a post on getting Debian Bullseye running on my Framework laptop! Here I focus on building a newer kernel plus custom Debian packages for libfprint and fprintd.
I recently received the fantastic first laptop from a new company called Framework, which is specializing in building extremely user-serviceable, repairable, upgradeable laptops (in fact, they recently received a rare 10 out of 10 from iFixit). I opted for the DIY unit, which among other things allowed me to bring my own operating system, and for me the OS of choice is unquestionably Debian Linux.
Prior to receiving my Framework I’d been running Debian testing on a fifth generation Lenovo X1 Carbon. As is typically the case with Lenovo, the X1 worked extremely well with Linux. In fact, it worked far better than I’d ever expected of Linux on a laptop, which I’d come to assume was always an unreliable, janky affair.
Framework has similarly embraced the Linux community but, given the cutting edge hardware they’ve included, I was expecting some rough spots while drivers and so forth matured. And while this has turned out to be somewhat true, the good news is it’s been quite easy to get past those issues, and I’m happy to report that Debian testing is now working extremely well on my Framework.
In the rest of this write-up I cover the steps I took to get a fully functional Debian Bullseye installation running on my machine using the Gnome desktop environment (after which I did an in-place upgrade to Bookworm).
Of course, if you’re looking for a slightly more turnkey solution, I strongly recommend trying out Ubuntu 21.04, which ships with a kernel that fully supports the Framework hardware. You’ll still need to take steps to get the fingerprint reader working, but at least you can avoid compiling a kernel.Continue reading...