Amount: 1 tsp
Water: 6 ounces filtered boiling
Tool: Mesh basket strainer in cup
Steep Time: a little over 4 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: Chocolate, vanilla – where did that chocolate come from?
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, chocolate, vanilla
Flavor: black tea, astringent
Liquor: nice dark brown that I forgot to take a picture of
Steepster Traveling Teabox Tea
The leaves were very pretty with their golden colors mixed with brown.
I am not sure if the chocolate was a cross contaminate or if it was supposed to smell chocolaty?
Too bitter for my tastes, maybe I should have done less time? I brewed it at the lower end of the suggested range.
The vanilla is too subtle in this tea for me.
Post-Steep Additives: +1 tsp German rock sugar, made no impact
+ splash of almond milk, no change
Resteep: 4 min, not bitter (1 tsp German rock and splash almond milk) I liked this steep much more than the first, but it was a little on the weaker side, and no vanilla.
I am giving it the rating for the resteep, the first steep would have been lower. If I bought this I would plan to steep it shorter, and immediately add sugar and milk.