I have been drinking this tea for years and noticed with the last batch that it has a smoky taste and aroma to it. I am not happy about that and I am not sure what has changed but it definitely does not taste the same. Really disappointed. This was always my go-to breakfast tea.
I've been drinking this tea for years and brewing it in a variety of ways. I think 4-5 minutes for brewing is much too long. I let the tea (the amount of which I established by trial and error) stand in boiled water for two minutes. Then pour it through a strainer into cups. Works well for me. If I let the tea steep for 4-5 minutes, I imagine it would taste like wood. But to each his own.
This is one of my two favorite black teas. I cannot understand other reviewers who talk about a "woody" taste or a vegetable, bean or snap pea taste; that would be disgusting. There is nothing in this tea remotely resembling these tastes. It's merely an excellent black tea that I sweeten a bit with a good turbinado sugar. I enjoyed it even more with a darker Asian compacted molasses sugar but I cannot find that in the USA.
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