Complex taste, but a bit too subtle. Get this one if you like great smelling teas.
Brewing this tea in a big pot gives a very smooth and light brew, with none of the sharp notes of cheaper lapsang teas. The aroma is amazing, as it gives of a kind of dark chocolate texture but with some sweeter notes mixed through. The taste, however, is a bit watery for me (even when brewing for about five minutes) and I've found myself glancing over this tea in my cupboard time and time again, passing it up for more flavourful teas.
When brewing this gong fu (120ml gaiwan, 6 grams) the aroma was even stronger. Dark chocolate notes, with a bit of vanilla and even some sharp, smoky bits. This aroma is surely something to be enjoyed while you're waiting for your drink to cool off.
For the first steeping at 20 seconds the taste was very strong. It still had the complexity of the aroma, but less taste than expected, just like western style. The finish was quite weak, but nowhere near astringent and left me with quite a watery mouthfeel. Subsequent infusions delivered similar results, albeit weaker, but that's not out of the ordinary. If you like really sharp notes, just overbrew it and you'll definitely get your smoky experience.
The leaves are beautiful to look at, and truly something to be admired whether you're brewing western or gong-fu. They are very fine and tightly rolled and curl very elegantly so that they hook onto each other.