As smoky as this one smells from the tin, it actually brews up into a balanced cup, with a round sweetness and a slight salt-and-pepper flavor underneath the smoke.

The second steeping is, frankly, weird — the smoke becomes thinner and more acrid, the pepper note grows more dominant, and the sweetness disappears.

I just ordered a pound of the stuff, so I guess I like it.

Edit: Bumping up the score on this one, I really love this stuff. Might just be my desert-island tea (although it would probably be weird to actually drink on a desert island).

Flavors: Pepper, Salt, Smoke, Sweet

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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