Brewed western-style. 5g in 8oz water at 205F. Hard to tell the color of the liquor since it’s in a slightly colored mug. The aroma is BIG. Jasmine, jasmine, and more jasmine. Did I mention jasmine? Extremely perfumed almost soap-like. Not overly appealing to me, but I knew what I was getting into when I ordered. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor wise I don’t get much of the Silver Needle, just lots of Jasmine. It’s very relaxing to just sit and sip.