I received this as a sample along with another order. The leaves are light brown and mostly crushed. That lowered my expectations quite a bit, as I’ve read that crushed leaves negatively effect the tea’s flavor. That being said, this tea is unexpectedly fragrant, with aromas of wild honey and roasted barley. It brews into a cloudy, light orange soup, and packs a strong flavor, even with steeps lasting a few seconds. If I look beyond its initial punch, I can pick up roasted, woodsy, and citrus notes in the first and second steeps with refreshing, palate-cleansing astringency at the end. It leaves my mouth feeling dry and satisfied. It’s got that familiar factory tea flavor that many tea bloggers seem to talk about.