Dry tea has peach pieces, a so-so aroma, and yes — a goodly number of buds. Steeped 1.5 tsp in 8 oz at 180F for 1:15 min. I tasted it at 1 min — any longer and it would have been too bitter. Yikes! Really blah flavor; dumped first cup. Resteep went 5 min without bitterness, but there was obvious staleness in both aroma and flavor, I have to say. No more tea swaps in mid-Summer, I guess. This tea shipped to me in weather so hot that the truck probably exceeds 130F for hours on end. It’s a doggone chicken-fried shame!