1.5 tsp for 300mL water 100C, steeped 4 minutes, drunk bare.
Dry leaf: mostly brown, some dark green.
Aroma: smoky toast, some nuttiness.
Wet leaf: mahogany, brown, and amber with some bright green.
Aroma: subtle smoke, earth.
Liquor: reddish brown, light body. Smoky but not tarry. Some surprising crispness and florals— a Nepal or Darjeeling tea in the blend? Some mineral notes as the tea cools.
I wish the body was just a little heavier. Otherwise a very fine Russian Caravan, distinctive and smoky yet also balanced.