I brewed this in the Gaiwan and then went on an errand and forgot about it. So maybe 30 minutes later I have a strong tea but with no bitterness and very drinkable. I really cannot place a score on this one until I have a proper steeping. I did a second steep from the same leaves and it also came out very nice. But in all fairness to Red Blossom and to my fellow Steepsterites I will do this one again soon.