smell isn’t too interesting, just the roast basically. boiling, Brita filtered tap, 1.8g in 16 oz thermos, 2 quick rinses. The taste is just of the roast. Something like a lite version of the Zhang Hui Chun Strongest Roast from EoT; around the same price (40c/g for this, 44c/g for the EoT version assuming you aren’t bulk purchasing). Very slight minty aftertaste. It’s not bad, but if you’re looking for an aged oolong, like I was, you can’t taste it here. None of the usual plummy or caramel notes. If you’re just looking for a strong roast that doesn’t kill the tea though, this is okay. The EoT ZHC SR is richer and worth the 4c/g premium. I disagree that it steeps out for a long time; it didn’t for me. Got about one refill out of this, and I generally get much more. I don’t think not rinsing vs. rinsing should’ve affected it that much.