I think I may have found out what I did. I think I used too much loose leaf for a milder type black and that may be the center of all of this confusion. Perhaps it’s a finicky tea!? Not sure. Of course…I remember having a Red Robe Tea a few months ago (can’t remember which brand) that several sites have noted it being a WORLD CHAMP…when I drank it I thought it was “ok” but was confused as to why it was a WORLD CHAMP. Perhaps it’s the same story with this one…maybe I had a different sort of taste in my mind and it was something completely different once I drank it!? Not sure…
Anyhow…3rd infusion is still pretty dark but slowly paling. I’m still getting a toasty type aroma but again paler. The taste is VERY pale but I must say if you can get 2 good or almost 3 infusions out of a black tea I think that is a plus! The 3rd time around the taste has morphed into a more woodsy taste with more toasted and nutty flavors. I don’t like the 3rd infusion as well as the 2nd…or even the 1st. I would have to say that the 2nd infusion is my favorite by quite a bit.
All-in-All I guess I am just challenged by this tea. It’s not bad but it’s trying to stump me. I guess it’s one of those teas for me to have on hand when I want to over analyze stuff and ponder the wonders of the world and the meaning of life.