When you consider the history of this particular tea and the way it is fermented(aged) it is just amazing! It really gives a deep appreciation of this product. It is fun to crack open the ball and scoop out a teaspoon of dried tea leaves. The rinsing of the leaves before brewing gives a ceremonial sense to the whole" making tea" experience. I am so happy to know about this excellent company who obviously respects their product and strives to keep within traditions.