I steeped this tea for 3 and a half minutes with boiling water and used 2 teaspoons for a 6-cup pot.
The dry leaves were fruity-smelling and i was really looking forward to tasting it, but when the tea was brewed, I couldn’t smell anything the taste of my first cup was bland and boring, with a very bitter aftertaste.
For my next cup, I added a little cinnamon to sweeten it a little. This usually works for blacks, but in this case it didn’t really help and there was no difference in the taste – I was kind of hoping that the cinnamon would bring out the flavour of the tea, but no such luck.
On to the third cup, with milk and sugar added. A little better, but the milk doesn’t really do anything for the tea.
Fourth and final cup. Just sugar. Much better. Still not fabulous, but not awful. And I had such high hopes for this tea….
I will refrain from rating this tea now, but I will play around with the steeping parameters tomorrow and see if i can’t make this tea better.