Experience buying from Life in a Teacup http://steepster.com/places/2861-life-in-a-teacup-online-easthampton-massachusetts
Age of leaf: advertised as spring 2011, received early fall 2011, brewed up weeks later.
Dry leaf: Small, tightly curled leaves and buds; smells fresh and vegetal; reminds me somewhat of Verdant Tea’s Early Summer Green Tea.
Brewing guidelines: Standard parameters for my green teas Loose in glass Bodum pot. Stevia added. 1.5 tsp, 1.5 cups water. I used slightly less water after each steeping. Two separate steeping sessions: < first >/:
……….1st: 165/170, 1’
……….2nd: 165/180, 1.5
……….3rd: 180/185, 2’
……….4th: near boiling/, 3’
Aroma: mildly vegetal.
Color of liquor: light yellow.
Wet leaf: fresh, vegetal smell; whole leaves and buds, a few were shriveled, and there were a number of long, thin, green ‘pieces’ that didn’t look like leaves or stems; they may have been buds, but I couldn’t tell.
Flavor: mild, vegetal, fresh, good.
Value: This green tea is as good as or better than any other green tea I have had in this price range.
Overall: this had a mild but pleasant taste that held up well through three steepings. This is clearly a fresh, mild and pleasantly vegetal tasting green tea. I would be happy to drink this on a regular basis.