2nd steeping, with a pre rinse this time. The rinse helps a bunch. The smoke aroma and flavor was overwhelming yesterday, today it is just what it should be. Bold and to the fore but not so in your face that it feels like you just spent the entire night with campfire smoke blowing into your tent.
With the rinse, the earthy tea flavor is allowed to come out and actually create a nice balance of smoke with that rich sweetness it is advertised to have.
Tomorrow I’m going to try a shorter steep time to see what that does.