The buds are very beautiful, uniform, fat, and covered with down. There are some very small leaves attached, but the producer says that he prefers this, as the baby leaves lend a sweetness to the soup. The aroma of this tea is very heady, like hay in late summer, with the sweet fragrance of something blooming somewhere. The brews start almost transparent, then settle into a very yellow gold, thick with suspended downy hair. The taste is light, sweet and refreshing, blending well a gram cracker starchiness with a floral sweetness reminiscent of wood sap. The liquor is rich, thick, and maintains its integrity through many steeps.