i rinsed the tea once.
the first steeps have a smokey and tannic taste with a similarly smoky aroma. i noticed a lot of sticks in the blend and that the tea leaves are fairly large.
overall the liquid is smooth to drink and doesn’t dry your mouth all that much. mellow but with some pleasant astringency. feels slick in the mouth.
the taste is vegetal, smoky and with some nice acidity later on with an apple-like aftertaste. the color is a deep yellow bordering on orange. the vendor describes the tea as having a bold “swampy” feel to it to which i agree. in addition i think there’s a very nice subdued smooth and calm side as well.