This is a tasty, tasty tea. Definitely woke me up this morning, which is awesome because I really needed it! (Getting up when it’s still dark out is so hard. :( )
First steep was bold and smokey. Mmm. Kiiiiinda made me feel like I’d had bacon for breakfast. Not a bad thing. :P A little odd, though, but I can’t really complain. I used a lot of tea, and I was worried about it having that mouth-drying-out thing going on, like when black tea is too strong, but it didn’t have that at all! Very smooth. :) I didn’t get the caramel taste that others have mentioned, so I decided to try a second steep to see what would happen.
Second steep is a bit sweeter and a little less smokey than the first steep, but not any less flavorful, and it definitely retains its smoothness. Still not getting any caramel, but shrug it’s still really yummy. :) It makes me feel like I’m snuggled in a blanket in front of a fire, which is great for this freezing, miserable February weather.
I’ll have to keep experimenting for that caramel awesomeness, but it’s still an enjoyable tea without it. :)