I feel I owe this tea an apology for the disappointing review I previously gave. It wasn’t you it was me. I brewed this tea again today in a gaiwan with two small modifications – I didn’t preheat the gaiwan and acting on a tip from Teavivre, I kept the lid off while steeping. That made all the difference in taste. There is virtually no bitterness anymore, just a smooth, subtly sweet flavor that a fresh spring tea should have.