I am finishing up the last that I have on hand of this. I wanted to have more of this today mostly because I wanted to try to address Jaime’s concerns about this tea.
I don’t find it tasting of cardboard, or even “dusty”… but it is a stronger (and different tasting) base which I attribute to the black tea base. It is a Bangladesh-grown tea so it does taste different than a typical Earl Grey would (or should!) It does have kind of an unusual taste to it – but not a bad taste, just different.
But I do see where you’re getting the “dusty” comparison from… the astringency in this is kind of powdery/starchy. It isn’t a heavy astringency, so it’s kind of a light “dusting” of the powdery sensation. I find that the astringency becomes stronger the longer it is infused… so I recommend a lighter infusion time with this particular tea… just 3 minutes.