Very interesting. This is my first try and I’ve never had a tea that tasted smokey like this. When I took a whiff of the tea leaves, my first thought was that I mistakenly opened a package of beef jerky. The smell was very strong, so I decided to steep on the short end of four minutes to not overwhelm myself on the first cup.
I expected the taste to be unenjoyably strong, but it’s nice. The smokey taste is there in the back, but it’s not as overwhelming as I imagined. Next, I’ll give it a try after a five minute steep.