1 heaping tsp in 8 oz
OK, I think I’ve figured out how I feel about this tea. I can enjoy its qualities as long as it’s not brewed too strong. This 1 heaping tsp per cup for 3 minutes seems to be the best way for me.
What this tea has is a really roasted flavor — a quality I found in a couple of aged oolongs I tried a while ago and didn’t love. It’s not a smoked quality, but a dark roast quality. I think that when that characteristic is enhanced by strong brewing, it is just too much for me.
This brewing I found quite enjoyable, though it’s something I’d have to be in a specific mood for. Not an everyday thing for me. But I know some people just love these roasty teas, and if you do, then I imagine you would really go for this. I seem to prefer teas with a cleaner flavor profile, smooth and flavorful, but not this intense and “dark” if that makes sense.
Interestingly, the last time I brewed it, I cold-steeped the used leaves, and I liked that steeping over ice quite a lot.