I was craving a tea that was grassy today. I thought of this one and it was perfect even though I’ve never had it before. It was actually a free sample in my smallish Fusion order (sale!) and it’s the first I tried. Go figure. The dry leaves certainly smell like dry hay! I’d say the teaspoon and a half and five minutes is way too much though. I went with a teaspoon and 1/3 and around four minutes steeping and it was a bit too astringent. I needed the briskness anyway! It has that grassy slightly malty taste… full flavor! The cup is a deep red color. This was nice to try but I feel like it is too similar to the Ovation black teas I have a ton of. I adore Fusion’s blends though. Just beware of Fusion’s recommended steep time. Perfect for my craving though!
And sorry Steepster, but I think I’ll avoid you until my Butiki Amoda box shows up! (I don’t want to know the surprise until they are in my hands and I promise I won’t talk about the specifics until way after everyone else has been talking about them.) I couldn’t resist special Butiki holiday teas so I just got the Amoda box for this month. Can’t wait!