This is common with teas that comprise solely of unopened downy buds.
Yes, but 1 and a half teaspoons is perfect for Bai Hao or Jasmine Silver Needles. I started out stepping my Jasmine with a teaball, but found the gaiwan much better for it. My teapot with the basket is perfect for black Darjeelings in the morning, though.
How do you enjoy your Junshan?
BTW: Now that I have tasted Silver Needles on their own, it has enhanced my appreciation for the Jasmine scented ones greatly. Before tasting the plain Needles, I did not even notice the taste of the tea itself over the Jasmine flowers. Now, I am sipping the Jasmine and am aware of, and really enjoying the way the two tastes intertwine.