|"Bland and uninspiring; this tea may be rich in history, but unfortunately it is not rich in flavor"|
I couldn’t find any guidance on preparing this tea, so I used my standard approach to bagged black tea: steeped in boiling water for two and a half minutes. After infusion, I removed the teabag from my travel mug and hit the road. I took my first sip on my way out of the driveway and was puzzled, and I mean truly puzzled. This tea had no flavor. I felt as though I was drinking hot water. I continued to sip this tea trying to eke out any flavor I could, but was not very successful. I decided that perhaps I had used too much water (I had used about eight or nine ounces of water). The following morning, I gave this tea a second shot using my sole remaining sample teabag. I used about six ounces and a three-minute steep. In a bit of a de ja vu moment, I removed the teabag from my travel mug and hit the road. Furthering the de ja vu experience was the fact that again, this tea was near flavorless. Try as I might, I couldn’t seem to get any essence of flavor other than heated water out of this tea. I found this tea to be bland and uninspiring. I brought my travel mug into my office but never even bothered to drink this flavorless tea. Because some teas taste completely different hot versus iced, I later tried adding ice to the remainder of the tea that was in my travel mug. The flavor was perhaps a little bit stronger, but still too weak and uninteresting for my preferences. I could detect a faint hint of a Darjeeling crispness, but still, the overwhelming impression I got was of a watered-down and lackluster brew. This tea may be rich in history, but unfortunately it is not rich in flavor.
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