This Jin Xuan Tea is from the farm of Mr. Ye Bu Guang (see http://www.sannetea.com/about-our-partners/) and was harvested in Spring 2015 in Wuhe, Hualien, Taiwan. Mr. Ye Bu Guang does not use any pesticides or herbicides, but practices complete organic farming! Apparently the Taiwanese standard for organic farming is much more strict than the US one is, so that’s only good news.
On to the tea itself: it consist of dark green, very tightly packed, balls of tea, that emit a nice flavorful smell. Upon steeping the balls start to unfurl, but it takes several steepings before they are completely unrolled. At that point they reveal that the balls actually consists of twigs with more than one tealeave on it.
The steeped tea has a strong dark green roasted vegetable taste (all in a good way!), and has a thick, smooth consistency. The roasted vegetable taste became less prominent in latter steeps. It makes for a great tasty tea!