The Leaf: The pile is nice and dark black, semi-curled, with a sprinkling of golden buds and stems throughout. The scent is, of course, smokey, but not overpowering and also has a kind-of pine resin quality to it.
The Brew: The liquor is a golden brown, almost with a reddish tinge. The aroma is light, and almost identical to the smell of the leaves; smokey and piney. The flavor is surprisingly light. There is a definite smokey quality to it, but also some of the maltiness of a black tea comes through. The mouthfeel is quite dry and leaves your tongue tacky for awhile afterwards. There is a slight aftertaste as well of the smokiness.
I drink all of my teas cold.
Flavors: Malt, Pine