First, here's a picture of the dry leaves. Not bad, eh?
And here's one of the infused leaves, 5 or 6 infusions later:
But the real magic is what those leaves did between those two pictures.
I swear I am not getting paid to say this, but this tea was incredible. Especially for what seems to be an experimental batch (as only 10kg were made), this was a magnificent example of what tea can be. Clearly a white tea, and also clearly from Margaret's Hope. I like my teas to be sweet (without adding sugar or sweetener, of course), and this did not disappoint-- not only was the classic white tea sweetness present, but there was also a beautiful muscatel note-- reminiscent of the "Muscatel Delight" second flushes-- especially in the second and third infusions.
Surprisingly potent for a white tea, these little pearls held out for many more infusions than I expected (though, to be honest, I do not have as much experience with white teas as I probably should).
The main drawback was definitely the price. Not only did it cost $27.75 for 50 grams, but the shipping was $23! Don't get me wrong, the shipping was lightning quick, especially coming from a mountain town in India, but there was no slower/cheaper alternative. If you do buy anything from Thunderbolt Tea (which I do suggest), make sure to buy a lot at one time.
Still, if you have $50.75 burning a hole in your pocket, get some of this before it runs out. It's worth it.