When I came home from work today, the leaves from the mornings 4 steepings were still in the pot. I decided to experiment and brew them again, so I did so (8oz water…original amount of dry leaf was 2 heaping tsp) at boiling for one minute.
The initial taste was, for just a moment, watery (though you can feel the tea and the color was still light green), but then gave way to very nice sweetness and umami. I was surprised and impressed. It was delicious.
I went ahead and brewed it a 6th time, with the same parameters, and though the sweetness/umami was weaker, it was still there.
This tea is REALLY good. And if you can get 5+ steepings from it, with developing flavor (each of which was positive for different reasons), then it is very good value too.
If you like green tea and are in the middle of deciding what to get, I recommend this while it’s still available this year.