This is only the second loose leaf black tea I’ve tasted ever, to my knowledge, the first being Republic of Tea’s Lapsang Souchong, so I don’t have too much to compare it to, but I’m loving the complexity, especially the sweet raisiny notes. I’m surprised that the brewing instructions on Rishi’s website suggest a 4-5 min steep time, my first steep was three minutes and the resultant tea was very dark and pretty bitter. I’ll play around with steeping time and temperature. Definitely considering getting more of this, but I’ll probably sample some other black teas first.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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