I won’t be the first one to say that isn’t the best experience I had with Lapsang Souchong. However, the taste is definitely there: smoky and wicked strong. This one definitely is more fragrant smelling than the one I’m used to, but from what I remember in terms of taste, it was hard to stomach at first. The longer this one steeps, the better it gets. Don’t know what I can recommend for steeping time, because my leaves sat at the bottom of my mug. Try 5 min. to be safe.