For a tea with such a strong smoky aroma, one would expect an equally strong taste. The smooth flavor really surprised me, as the scent of open fire pine really fills your nostrils. It is quite a delectable aroma, if you are an outdoors person and quite enjoy the smell of an open firepit.
It is quite smooth, with a weak bitter after taste bite. It is not equally strong in taste, but it is very equally strong in enjoyability.
It may not be for everyone, and it may not be for everyday steeping. The description mentions fine cigars, which I had wished I was smoking while sipping a cup of this tea. Very sophisticated.