This tea didn't always have a smoky flavor. A long time ago while the leaves were drying, it began to rain. Fearing that the crop would be ruined, they were taken into a smoke house to finish drying. There the leaves absorbed the smoke of the pine wood, and acquired the tea's distinctive aroma.
The scent is very strong and affects the flavor of the tea as well. Drinkers tend to have emotional reactions as strong as the scent. Those who love it often say it reminds them of nights by the fireplace or camping under the starry sky. Those who hate it say it reminds them of wet ashes and sewers.