So I brewed this tea at 203f, using those parameters and it was gorgeous and smooth. Not all that light either, intense amber colors. rinse was far darker than a five second rinse was expected to be, the first steep was forty seconds, (this is an approximate as I count in my noggin) was terrific and the second steep, at approximately one minute was toasty and divine. Something I could easily drink all day long. In fact, I am heading over to Zen Tea to get some of this right now. Not that I need to buy ANY tea, not for a long time, but this is a winner, and so many things I have in my vault I have no clue as to what they will like. With the personal guidance of the man who suggested these parameters, I am off at a run t make sure I can recreate this for myself time and time again.
The photo below is of the first steep, the 40 second steep at under three grams!
|(Seriously, look at the tiny amount of tea and what it produced! And the flavor was as rich and lovely as the color!)|