Thank you so much Nicole! This is a high quality white, but I am glad to have sampled is rather than buying. I’ve felt that way with a lot of Shang’s Teas never mind their exceptional quality. Dry leaf had an odd hay and almost cocoa-y smell that really pleased me. Brewing it up, peony, cucumber, and dry herbs were what hit the tongue. It bordered on malt here in there since it was gong Fu, but the grammage should have been light for the 1.6 grams for the five ounces I brewed. Some honeydew melon notes snuck in, but it was more like cucumber overall amidst its thick texture.
The only thing I did not like about this tea was the herb dry quality on the tongue and the bordering malty astringency that occasionally cropped up. Maybe I could use more water, but again, the dryness deterred me despite the contrasting cucumber freshness. Looking at the price for this tea and thinking of what I just described, this is a tea for white tea snobs and though I like my whites, there are others that I prefer that I can find for cheaper. It is at least worth a try for anyone exploring whites.