I’m getting down to the bottom of my sample packet sad face so it’s mostly the little crumbly, broken bits now. I’m really hoping a get a strainer with a finer mesh for X-mas, I’m sick of picking leaves out of my teeth!
Because of all the broken bits I reduced the steeping time a bit too, but the tea seems to have taken it pretty well – it still goes down smooth as silk. Interestingly I’m noticing a very faint hint of smoke scent/flavour right as I first sip. It’s nothing near Lapsang or even Russian Caravan strength, although I’ve heard that all chinese black teas are bit smokey so it could be one of ‘the eight’. ;)