Water: filtered, boiling, 22 oz
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 2:22 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: astringent, black tea, Assam?
Steeped Tea Smell: Bitter, Strong astringent black
Flavor: astringent black tea, slightly bitter
Liquor: Translucent dark reddish brown
Yes, something can smell bitter.
I admit we bought this at the local grocery store because of the monkey commercials.
Post-Steep Additives: almond milk and German rock sugar
The tea was much smoother, less astringent and bitter.
The tea was barely drinkable before the milk and sugar.
An acceptable cup of tea, but I am not purchasing it again.
MilitiaJim – this is the bold black coffee of the tea world.
Next time we are doing 2 minutes or less.