There is a surprising amount of buds and visible down on the dry leaves. The overall leaf size is smaller than many shoumei teas that we have seen, especially older shoumei. The smell has already transformed from something green and fresh (as found in new shoumei) to something floral and sweet. The liquor is still a light gold, with noticeable down, and the taste is instantly sweet. When brewed lightly this tea is very refreshing, when brewed strongly, the huigan is very apparent. The wet leaves have a berry syrup aroma about them, and is intoxicating to smell between every steep, as the aroma evolves in a rich and complex way.