The first time I made this tea I was startled to find something that looked like coffee grounds in the bag. I ordered six teas from Lupicia and this, along with the rooibos and the houjicha, had the earliest “best by” date and I wondered if this sole black tea had such an early expiration date because it looked more like what you would find in a tea bag than loose leaf tea. That may also explain why using the longest recommended steeping time of two and a half minutes surprised me with a somewhat bitter brew. I usually steep black teas for somewhere around five minutes so all of Lupicia’s three minutes and under recommendations surprised me but it seemed they knew what they were about with this one.
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec