I don’t usually mind smokey teas, and I’ve liked other Lapsang Souchong – but not this one. It’s REALLY smokey and it seems piney to me. Not a lot piney, but a little bit. I tried rinsing it a couple of time before steeping and that really helps cut back on the smoke. It also is less smokey and piney as it cools. The other thing I didn’t like was the charcoal (?) smudge that was left around the rim of your cup. Too smokey when I have charcoal bits in my cup.