A bit over a year ago, I bought a canister of Nepal First Flush and tried it. Much to my chagrin, the tea came out like a very strong smokey oolong with the bitter astringency of a Darjeeling.
But I decided to hang onto it and let it age. Black teas can sometimes get better with age and I've never had an older black tea taste bad (just different). So, this morning, I wanted to try something different and decided to go back to it.
Oh my, That was the right thing to do. Boy, did it improve. It tastes like a cross between a floral Darjeeling, a Ceylon (oddly enough) and a nice oolong. I could catch the butter and floral notes in it distinctly and the smokiness was gone. It still has an astringency, but it's manageable. I was very happy with what I found and I'll have to try out a second steep to see what that is like.