This afternoon I waded through the boxes upon boxes of tea in my den. I was sorting out the straight black teas to use in mystery iced tea mixes this summer. OK, I’ve been doing it all winter as well but I needed to replenish the supply. Anyway, stumbled upon this one. It does not go in the mix. 3 years old and still tastes like day one. This one smells strong of pine smoke. Scary strong to the uninitiated. The cup is beautiful orange/red. The taste is so different from the aroma. It is nicely sweet and the smoke is pleasantly subdued. No BBQ. No bacon. No ashtray. Just sweet pleasant woodsy smoke. I totally miss The Persimmon Tree, and I will miss this one terribly when it is gone.

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