I tried this tea for the first time this evening. The first thing that I noticed is that the dry leaves were very natural looking – fairly large, with some unevenness in size. They had a light oceanic scent to them as well.
I did a short steep to start, since the sample packet I had did not include brewing suggestions, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. So I went with 1 minute, with water at 175F. I think it could have taken a longer steep, maybe 2 min to start with, as the leaves did not fully unfurl and rehydrate in that amount of time.
The flavor was mellow, with a hint of ocean to it. Smooth, with no astringency or bitterness.
Re-steeped, with the same time as temperature as the first brew – similar in flavor, and still no bitterness!