Thanks to Silvermage2000 sending me a generous sample of her Black Dragon Pearls I am finally getting to try this tea. For some strange reason I always forget to order a sample when I make my Adagio orders (maybe it’s my adhd) I don’t know. So I had to look up how many “pearls” to add to what amount of water and I decided on 10 ounces of boiling water to like 5 pearls. I tried smelling the dry leaf (pearl) and didn’t get much in the way of smell. When adding the boiling water the leaves quickly unfurl and now the liquor is starting to look very dark and I am starting to think that I added way too many pearls ugh I hate that!! The smell is alive now that it has been steeped and smells like most other black teas. The taste the first taste I get is smoky and I think I read another review that said cigarette tasting and while I smoked for several years of my young adult life I can honestly say I do get a familiar cigarette flavor I would define as tobacco flavor. I am not regretting adding so many pearls as I think this cup could give me a good caffeine kick in the ___ that I need to get to work. I think this tea is pretty good not bad at all Thanks Silvermage2000!