In my search to find high-quality teas that could be used like everyday teas, this one didn’t work out for me. My brewing of it today is much closer to the suggested brewing time and proportions and the taste has already become much more interesting. I have to admit, I was most hopeful that this one would fare well with your more-standard 1.5 teaspoons per cup proportions and five-minute time. It smelled impressively smokey and sweet. The flavors just never came out using those methods. I have a little left that I will attempt to make proper-like so as not to waste it.