I decided to forget waiting for “mental clarity” or whatever, and just try this tea already. Enjoying it now with a roasted banana cupcake (or three). I like it. It has all that lovely chocolatey malty goodness of the laoshan black, without… well, whatever it was in that tea that I didn’t enjoy so much. Beyond that I don’t know. I’ll think about it more when I brew the rest of the sample. Maybe.
subsequent steeps: 1:30, 2, 3 minutes