I’m making this at work, looking for fancy teas that can be used as everyday teas. I’m slowly working my way through various tea shops, online and local, and using Steepster to keep track of it all. Song Red was one of the less expensive offerings at Song Tea so I thought I’d give it a whirl. At work, I have a 1 liter tea pot with a fairly sizable basket for the leaves to sit in and an electric kettle with good temperature control.

Since the instructions called for a greater quantity (at least twice as much) of tea leaves than I wanted to use every day, I decided to see what it was like with 1.5 teaspoons per cup of water. As you might expect, the tea came out rather weak using a one-minute brew time.

First I tried five minutes and that still came out a bit weaker than I like. Then I read that, even under the optimal brewing conditions, the tea needs some extra time so I kicked it up to six minutes. This tea was much more satisfying. It’s not as sweet as described but I was happy with it.

I have not yet tried this tea using the brew instructions. I’d expect that it would benefit.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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