Ok, so my tea tastes are changing a lot. Wow.
I used to think this tea got super bitter when steeped as directed (1+ tsp in 8 oz, 4-6 minutes), and now I don’t.
I’m comparing this tea prepped two ways. First, 1 tsp in 200ml water, 5 minutes. Second, 2 tsp in 250ml water, 1 minute then iced. The water cooled for the amount of time it took me to crack the ice cube tray and fill a glass with ice, then get distracted by cutting the top off a freezie.
Now while I really do enjoy this iced this way, I generally like my iced teas a little sweeter. Normally I’d put some lemon honey in it while steeping. This adds to the lemony flavour and 1/2 to 1 tsp is enough honey for me when making a giant glass. This is my “drink immediately” iced tea making method. I don’t think I’ve tried this cold steeped, but that might need to wait until the weather is warmer, as I’m not sure I really want iced tea tomorrow.
Hot, this tea is also good. Again, I’d prefer it sweetened a little, either with sugar or lemon honey. It’s not that it’s bitter, it just has that deep, almost astringent (but not really, that’s mostly the lemon) background that I’m learning to associate with Yunnan black teas. Not my favourite, but definitely drinkable.
So cool to see how my relationship with tea is changing. :) I still prefer this iced, but hot isn’t nearly as objectionable as it used to be!
Now I have a LOT of lemony tea to drink up. Heh.
(This tea hot does tend to make my teeth feel almost sticky. Anyone know why that might happen?)
Success! I brewed 1 cup of this up with 2 tsp tea, some water that had cooled quite a lot, and about 1/2 tsp honey. After 2 minutes, I poured it over some ice, and I am thoroughly enjoying my iced tea. Hopefully it lends enough energy for me to clean up my kitchen and do some yoga before it’s time to sleep.
I discovered a trick! Soy creamer doesn’t curdle in this tea…
Steeped 1 minute, with honey and soy creamer. The cream tones down the lemon flavour a bit, and the black tea base doesn’t have time to bitter when you do a super short steep. I will have to add this to my Morning Hot Teas list…