Once broken apart, the brick had quite a few fine grains of tea which ended up in the cup. The brick was tightly packed which resulted in small, broken leaf pieces once picked apart. I found one small (2mm) pebble. It was difficult to find the sweet spot between being too weak and too bitter but once I found it, the tea was passable. It had a dryer, malty hay taste that was a little bit vegetal. It was fairly astringent and got very bitter and astringent fast when over-brewed by even 5sec. I brewed it at boiling temperature, however perhaps somebody with a variable temperature kettle will be able to get more flavour and less bitterness out of it at a lower temperature.
Steep times: 45, 15, 15, 20, 45
I drink the wash, hence why my first steep is so long. Brewed in a clay teapot.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Hay, Vegetal