Mea culpa- I am an American barbarian about tea. My taste buds are suspect, I have no pallet… All of the above. I drank strong, over broiled green tea getting off my coffee/caffeine addiction. So saying, I like this tea. I brew it (gasp) by the bag (… uh, barbarian, hello); drinking it without cream or sugar. I have the water at precisely 190 degrees and steep for 4-to-5 minutes. I do not wring the bag. I do let it cool for a few minutes. At that point I find this tea to be flavorful with a slight woody taste I really enjoy.