lol maybe you're supposed to boil the shit out of it? I just steeped with water fresh out of the kettle for a few minutes, same process and proportions as any other black tea, but this just misses the mark. I love a strong/medium-tannin, malty, slightly acidic tea with a lot of balance, and this was the opposite. The main note I taste is a weird, acrid black pepper flavor.
Finally finished the 50g that I bought a while ago. Poor product. The tea itself was in very small pieces, not rolled leaves as I'm used to. Like oversized matcha more than true green tea leaves. The resulting brew was astringent. Seemed as though I got the shake at the bottom of the bag. Would not purchase again, especially at the premium price.