I don’t actually recall where I got this sample, I think it was at a vegetarian food festival. The bags are paper with cotton twine in a rectangular paper envelope and say “product of Thailand” on the back.
You have to kind of poke at the bag in the water to get the osmosis going, as the paper bag seems to be a little thick. Hence I start steeping it a little on the hot side. The leaves leak a pale mint green into the water that slowly turns to a gold-green, somewhere between citrine and peridot. On a positive note, the thicker paper means less dust or leaf “leakage” into the cup. There really isn’t much smell to it.
What seems so unassuming in the cup is really lovely on the tongue, however. It’s smooth and the mulberries add a slight sweet and woodsiness to it so that you don’t need any sweetener and it’s not astringent. It’s calming and refreshing all at the same time. I really like this for an evening relaxing tea and will need to find a reasonable source for it. Definitely more than meets the eye.
(yes, I’m trying to use up all my bagged samples to make room for good loose tea…)