Smoked reed is chocolate brown in color all the way through the reed and will vary in the exact shade from shipment to shipment and sometimes coil to coil.
Due to the extra processing and handling involved with smoked reed, it tends to be hairier than normal select quality reeds.
Smoked reed often has an odor, this may be slight or strong.
It is often helpful to rinse smoked reed before soaking. Do not soak smoked reed with natural reed.