Chip wrote:OK, tried 2 steeps so far today. 4 pearls which is around 4.6 grams or so, 200 ml (7 ounces) water.
I think I brewed the first steep a bit long with this much leaf per water ratio. It was distinctly Yunnan black, which is not my fave black. But it was pretty good, but I don't think I quite nailed it.
That seems like a small amount of water for that many pearls, if the pearls are as big as I think they are. One of the issues I have with black teas is using too much tea for the steep. Inevitably I have to cut the steep with more boiling water to get the right subtle flavors.
I know you're primarily a green guy
and I wonder if this tea doesn't do well for gong-fu type drinking. Nevertheless, if you're getting a honey flavor out of it, it sounds like it's pretty darn cool.
I can't wait to get mine!