My first pot of this yesterday I steeped for 5 minutes. I think I should have steeped a bit longer though. The golden-amber liquor was malty and sweet but a bit light-bodied compared to my last experience with this tea.
The second pot though was definitely steeped long enough. I doubt anyone would say that 45 minutes was NOT long enough. Entertaining a 3 year old and a six month old does that to your sense of time unfortunately. Thankfully this is a very forgiving tea, although I wasn’t expecting it to taste even better than the first pot. My eyes went as big as quarters at the first sip and I’m afraid the 17oz of tea did not last very long! It was sweet, malty, and mellow with a bit of a honey taste and a buttery mouth feel with only a hint of astringency in the aftertaste.