The smoky scent I can smell right thru the bag! (Another Tea Swap!!! Thanks!) I have had my struggles with Lapsang Souchongs but I must say this one seems to be the strength of smoke I need to make it so. It’s smoky in scent and taste but the taste is right where it needs to be…not to overpowering. The coloring is that of a darker oolong. I appreciating that there is not much of a funky aftertaste. This is a goodie.