Amount: 2 tsp (plastic lunch spoon not measuring spoon)
Water: ~12 ounces hot spigot water
Tool: kati loose tea system (my Review here.)
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes (timed with Steep.It
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet, black tea
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet black tea
Flavor: sweet black tea, touch astringent
Aftertaste: slightly bitter
Liquor: dark opaque orange-brown
I won these teas in a contest that was run by Dan on Steepster that was great fun, and got me tea prizes! Dan will be running the contest monthly, so keep an eye out!
I find the labels on the tea samples to be perfect, they include the company name, tea name, tea type, and steeping directions. I have been informed that the samples that you buy on the web site, or any teas purchased on the site, will come in food safe, plastic lined, kraft bags which keep light out and keep the tea fresh for about 4-5 months. Tea is best stored in tins which are not clear and air tight, since light activates the steeping process and moisture as well. The sample bags I received were about 2-3 cups each, where purchased samples are larger.
Post-Steep Additives: 1 packet white sugar
Now I get an aftertaste of dried pineapple snacks
I am not in love with this cup, sadly I now expect teas to dance and sing before I wow them, but I am enjoying it, and can hear the beach lapping in the back of my mind with a nice cool breeze.
I gave the rest to a co-worker who also enjoys tea to try – I’m sharing the bounty! There was enough for another cup or two