Yesterday morning, Caravan was calling my name and I could not say no. Afterward, I did not regret it one bit. I upped the steeping time 15 seconds from last time and was rewarded by a mug that was like 2nd steep Caravan goodness with a bit of the strength of Caravan steeped longer. The 2nd steep took another minute with no bitterness and retained the deliciousness that I love.
(PS For those who follow my tealogs, the recent addition of italicized notes at the bottom are so I can hop on Steepster when I haven’t had a tea in awhile and easily see how I preferred it steeped, given the vague timestamps once a tealog is over a month old. I had noticed that I’d have varying times and temps as I experimented with a new tea and either couldn’t tell which one I’d settled on or couldn’t tell easily without reading through several notes when all I wanted to do was check quickly and make a cup of tea.)
Good 1st steep: 3 min 30-45 sec. 3 min 30 sec is close to 2nd steep yum. 3 min 45 sec adds a bit of strength. 4 min is a bit stronger than I like.
Good 2nd steep: 6 min plus. Takes 6 min with no bitterness. I think it could go 7 min.