ethan wrote: Championship Black: Filled 1/5th of teapot w/leaves for infusions of 20, 20, 30, 40, & 110 seconds for very complex, interesting, & pleasing liquor. This way one adds that complexity & number of infusions (that are all good) & loses some of the sweetness (especially for 1st round).
Looked at what I wrote about Championship Black & that I thought I would continue going heavy w/ the leaf. I did not. I found that I got as much flavor from much less leaf through 4 infusions. I don't steep a fifth time when using less leaf. This tea is complex w/ spices & sweetness & texture changing through infusions which I also stack for even more variety. Drinking this everyday. Besides great flavor, this has enough power to work as a wake-up or keep-awake drink.
Also, I should mention teabags. Since ribs still hurt, I cut down on weight I walk with; so, instead of a thermos filled w/ hot tea, I carry teabags. The regular ruby black 18 teabag is quite good for 2 infusions. A bit more unique-tasting is the organic ruby bl 18 which is quite good for 2 infusions & okay for a 3rd. In my pants' pockets I save warm wet teabags in a small ziplock for second rounds & this helps me cope w/ Boston's cold weather.