Lapsang Souchong is smoke-dried over pinewood fires which gives it a very complex and full-bodied flavor. The experience is strikingly similar to smoking a quality pipe tobacco, both the aroma and taste. It begins on a spicy (peppery) note, moves to a honey-like sweetness and finishes with smoky undertones. This is by far the best tea I have had. If you like strong flavors, I highly recommend it.