Experience buying from Harney & Sons http://steepster.com/places/2779-harney-and-sons-online-millerton-new-york
Age of leaf: Lot #11196 (brewed about six weeks after receiving sample).
Dry Leaf: Sample size (roughly four generous teaspoons); a mixture of light and dark green, curly, and somewhat fuzzy, small leaves. There was a very thin sprinkling of ‘down’ on the spoon I used to measure it, and on the walls of the small glass jar I temporarily stored it in. Strong, roasted, vegetal, sweet smell.
Brewing guidelines: Glass Bodum pot with metal strainer/plunger. Four
8-ounce cups of water used. Stevia added to compliment flavor.
Steepings: 1st: 172, 2’
……………..2nd: 175, 2.5’
……………..3rd: 178, 3’
……………..4th: 182, 4’
Aroma: Mildly vegetal.
Color of liquor: Pale yellow.
Wet leaf: Dark green, fresh appearance; smells slightly roasted. Lots of nice-looking small buds and bud-sets. No fragments. A few dark shriveled pieces.
Flavor: Mild and pleasant (somewhat similar to the H&S Anji Baicha I had recently). Slightly roasted taste which comes out more when cooled. No astringency.
Value: Good for a sample ($2). Their price for two ounces ($20 USD) seems to more reasonable compared to at least one other vendor I know of who stocks it (Seven Cups).
Overall: My wife and I both thought that this was a pleasant tea enjoyed without any typical green tea astringency. Flavor held up through four steepings (flavor very mild on the 4th). What I will most likely remember most about this tea is the fine downy covering left behind on anything the dry tea came in contact with, a subtle testament to its authenticity (which I believe is due to its being harvested in early spring).