This was my first loose-leaf and Shou Pu-erh tea. The first steep was an extremely dark amber/maroon shade, and with each successive infusion, lessened to a brighter shade of red with a lovely dirty earth(is that even a thing?) aroma. I remember the smell and taste being exactly what I needed at that moment; it hit the spot and gave me the pick-up I was looking for. The flavour was typical of a pu-erh: earthy, musty, strong, bold, and honestly, these flavours by themselves can be overpowering, but in this tea they were very well balanced; not overwhelming at all. My two teaspoons lasted about 13 cups before I gave it up. Overall the tea is delicious and long lasting, making it very economical. I would definitely buy this again.