I get this at my Asian Market at $5 for 17.5 oz, that said, it is not as bad as the price would lead you to believe. I suppose it is aimed at being sold in such bulk to restaurants and such. I use it primarily for making Kombucha and adding it to Yerbe Mate when I want a bitter twist.
Inside the green box is a little more than a pound of small, rolled green tea leaves, these will expand to 10 or more times their size once steeped, so dont use too many. Dark green, this gunpowder green tea smells very smokey, almost like Lapsang Souchong, though when brewed, the smokey taste is minimal.
On its own it is very versatile, for a floral yet buttery taste brew short, (2 min)it will be a nice yellow with a hint of amber, for the full flavor of this gunpowder green tea, go the full 4 minutes and drink the amber elixer, slightly astringent, yet roasted and buttery as well, I find myself appreciating the bitterness this tea exudes when steeped for longer amounts of time, but know that most tend to avoid that.
This tea is a great staple and still in another league than the cheap bulk boxed green tea, you really cant beat the quantity/quality for this price.