Let me start off by saying that I have been trying a lot of different Verdant teas and I am very impressed with the low cost and high quality teas! This tea is great! I am brewing this tea the western way with 2teaspoons of tea and steeping for 2min 30sec. On early brews this tea is smooth and can be described as having a chocolate taste, and when held in the mouth a bit of a vegetable taste comes on. The taste once swallowed lingers with a sweetness that can be compared to a green bean. Later steepings bring on a more vegetable and creamy taste. I also would like to note that Verdant has great customer appreciation and every time I order from them I receive a handwritten note and other interesting facts about teas. Overall I really enjoyed this tea and I love that Verdant cares about the drinkers of their teas!