mageta wrote:I don't find it offensive at all, I kind of like it. The dry leaves themselves don't really smell like it, but once they've been brewed the smell starts to come through and it's in the flavor as well.
Green teas are traditionally delicate and many people drink them for their fresh, vegetal taste, which varies by different regions. While smoke can give a pleasant flavor, it tends to obscure the actual flavor of the tea unless the smoky quality is sought as a result. In LQ teas, this is not the case. Too many delicate nuances can be hidden by smoke.
One green tea that I've encountered intentionally processes the tea to be smoky. It is a green tea from Laos. I can't say I enjoyed it very much but I've enjoyed some Puerh teas that had some smokiness to them.