Nah, no sampling or processing. Pure analog, grade (class) A. On the coloration, I'd have to say yes, very much more than I expected. I was given various options, but I went with the tried and true Lingonberry. Amazingly, no syrup was needed at all. Besides, everyone knows high-end syrup is snake oil anyway.
Nope, not made in China. It was actually made in Denver right here in the good 'ol US of A! Watch out Grado and VPI!
Just like the 846, although I haven't tried them, they are obviously overpriced!