I’m trying this across many steeps, to get the full experience. My friend, who gave me a sample of this, told me to use a smaller amount than usual, which I am half listening to and using two teaspoons (albeit one of them was heaping) where I’d usually use a slightly heaping tablespoon.
First steep, I let the water sit for a couple minutes before adding, and steeped for three minutes. The tea brewed to a beautiful amber colour. It’s a little vegetal, and sweet. A little dry. Relaxing, and from what I remember, this tea will continue to make me feel studious and meditative throughout the day, if not in the same way as, say, pumpkin chai would. More adult and refined, more zen.
Second steep was more vegetal, more astringent. I may have used too-hot water, though. Still not bad, just not as good as I’d hope.
Hoping that third, and maybe fourth and fifth steep tomorrow are nice as well.