Steep three of this baby and I’m done! So, this time the leaves just sort of looked like… leaves. Yeah, because that’s what they are.
Well, that was intelligent.
Anyway, the cup that brewed up was still around the same color as the others, but this one had a bit more sediment in it. Which I found pretty odd, considering that this was the third steep and all. The leaves still smelled a bit spinach-like. The taste of this cup was closer to the second than the first by a long shot, but the spinach taste had mellowed out. When Gunpowder #3 was hot, it was actually bitter, which took me by surprise. As the tea cooled though, the bitterness disappeared. This one is still definitely veggie-like, but the sweetness is the main flavor component. It’s very, very sugary. I was really surprised by this.
But I was pretty much done with this by the bottom of the cup. I think I might have been able to get another steep out of this one, but I really don’t feel like it. While it was interesting to see the tea evolve over several steeps, the first steep was by far the best, and the reason why I rate this one so highly. I don’t know if I’ll be resteeping this one again, simply because spinach is not one of my favorite flavors, and I really enjoyed the smokiness that was so great the first time around.
My mom thought the entire resteeping thing was pretty odd. “So, you’re just going to leave those leaves there? In the pot? Can you do that? Why would you want to do that? That first cup tasted awful.” It was pretty amusing overall.