So far this tea has been a disappointment to me, which is a bit sad. It is a beautifully handcrafted tea but they were not offering samples of this, I broke down and bought a tin.
I used four pearls at around 175 F in my 10 oz. mug and was thoroughly unimpressed by a tea that was like dishwater.
Second steep, the water was more around 185 and then it got better – a very light floral aroma with a touch of lingering sweetness and a melonish flavor. I was really expecting more because all of the white teas I’ve had from darjeeling have been really good, and it wasn’t cheap.
I’ve emailed H & S to ask about the tea to water ratio so I’ll wait to put a numerical rating on this for now. I might also try the gong fu method with this at home.