Tried this again with cooler water and shorter steeps, and it was much better. Still sort of bitter on the tail but I can appreciate the taste without having my mouth totally dry out.
I still don’t love this tea, but I think that’s because I’m not as big a fan of black teas as I used to be. It’s got some good notes—malty and sweet for sure—but it’s just not very interesting taste-wise. It doesn’t have the fruity notes I really like, or much chocolate. Just a pretty good daily-drinking tea.