This is the first hei cha I’ve ever tried, so I was bracing myself for a weird, weird experience. First sip, and as expected, the tea totally tastes like wood. Not like pine or anything, but more like biting into a chunk of drift wood. Little musty, and spicy—imagine someone grinding pepper onto a log and you’re pretty close. Didn’t notice much changing from strep to steep, just the same woody taste. Not bad at all, although I wouldn’t buy more.