It’s a nice surprise when you find something at the back of the tea cabinet you forgot about. (I guess I can start hiding my own Easter eggs soon.)
The initial fragrance on this is smoky and very slightly acrid but with no pine or resinous aspects. The clean smokiness is retained when brewed.
The flavor is astringent yet this tea possesses a subtle sweetness in a lingering aftertaste. The important mouth-watering smoke quality is present but it doesn’t overpower the tea as a whole. This is actually on the light side for a lapsang.
I had forgotten how much I like this one. I’ll have to move it towards the front of the cabinet so I don’t lose it again.