OK, so I had to try something different. This time I did steep the leaves for 15 sec and then decant. Then I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes and added 1/8 tsp of splenda. The tea had a grassy hay like smell. The taste was like grassy grain like. The taste was greatly improved for me. This tea is supposed to be very good for you and now I can drink it. Its hard for me to drink any tea with almost no or bad flavor. This is much better.