This black was sent as part of the WHite2Tea tea club last month. It is a good black tea. The main note is malt with a nice semi sweet character to it. There was very little bitterness to this tea. To my knowledge this is not available on the website. Overall it was pretty good but not as good as some black teas I’ve had from Yunnan Sourcing lately. I steeped this one with Whole Foods 365 brand spring water. I normally use filtered water but have been experimenting more with spring water. In this case I don’t know if the spring water made a difference as I didn’t steep any steepings with Zero Water filtered water to compare. I stopped at one fill of my kettle or eight steepings. I figured I had had enough caffeine for one day.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The leaves were not done. I could have gotten a few more steepings out of them but I was done.