Another tea so good that I tried to get my humans to put up an extra teapot or two.
Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 1 minute per infusion (according to info card that came with tea)
Tea type: Black (from Yunnan Province, China)
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Light, planty, hint of sweetness, delicate, slightly “floral” (in a natural way, not added in)
Aroma in the cup, plain: Light, planty, hint of sweetness
Taste, plain: Varies per infusion (see comments)
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: Recommended. Can go to 4 or 5, even. More than that is questionable (see comments).
This tea came with a great info card with details on the tea from David Lee Hoffman (according to the card, someone very well acquainted with Chinese tea). One thing that was lacking was how much tea to use per 8 ounces of water. We took a guess and used a regular table-style (as opposed to measuring-style) teaspoon.
To give this tea a true tea tasting try, we followed Hoffman’s recommendation to steep 8 times at 1 minute each. The steeping guide provided by Chicago Tea Garden (a new tea venture from Tony Gebely and Erin Murphy) recommends four steepings of 1 minute for the first 2 and 1.5 minutes for the last 2. Our experiment shows that the steeping guide would be the thing to follow.
Hubby and I found the flavor mild, with a hint of smokiness and a definite vanilla note. No bitterness, no unpleasant aftertaste. Also, this is not a tea that needs any enhancing (lemon, honey, milk, sweetener, etc.). Aroma in the cup was an accurate presage to the taste experience.
We found this infusion to be about the same as the first one. The aroma and flavor were still going strong.
Infusion started to weaken here, with the vanilla flavor being the first to disappear. Still a smooth tea, no bitterness or astringency. Mild flavor and aftertaste. Hubby liked it, but I was starting to find it too weak and thinking I should have started with more dry tea in the teapot.
Still mild and no bitterness. Good flavor but definitely weakening.
STEEPING 5 thru 8:
Progressively weaker but still flavorful, with no bitterness.
Multiple Infusion Results: The results were close to what was on the info card that came with the tea. I think my humans were pretty successful here. And, of course, I did my part.
Tea Tin, Dry Tea, and Tea Leaves After Steeping: