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.
They aren't kidding when they say it tastes like wood. Made it again slightly stronger and tasted like I was chewing a plank... I'll stick with plain old orange pekoe when I'm not doing English Breakfast or Tippy Yunnan.
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