Brewed western style…I can’t wait until I get my gaiwan from Jing’s, but things just weren’t tasting right in the Yixing pot I have. This one does smell good and the leaves really smelled good after steeping. Taste is good…almost creamy, apple taste-with a buttery note on the finish. I did it for less time (4 minutes) than I have been in the Teavana teamaker (basically just a loose leaf steeper that drains out the bottom leaving the leaves inside). This tea really gets tastier as it cools down. Not one I’d buy again (except to possibly try out in my gaiwan when I get it), but not bad.