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drank Lapsang Souchong by A C Perch's
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After steeping fail on both teas I’ve had today, one of which I’ve documented, I just needed a proper cup of tea. One that can’t go wrong. I had a funny feeling that it was a specific one I wanted but it wasn’t until I saw the tin that I knew which one it was.

It’s funny with this one. When I was first introduced to lapsang souchong, I thought it was a really harsh and rough sort of flavour with smoke all over the place.

Now, the more I drink it, the milder it seems to become. The aroma is still the same. All rough and tough and smoke and manly. But the taste seems to have smoothed out for me.

If I pay attention and seek it out the smokyness is there in spades. But it seems to be a bit shy. If I don’t speak to it first, it doesn’t speak to me. The rest of the tea seems surprisingly smooth and mellow and with a round sort of feeling to it, as if I had added milk. I haven’t actually added anything, and I’ve only used the cup for the white pomegranate earlier today and rinsed it out in between.

You all remember my black powder blend, the one I recently bought a huge amount of. I’ve filled my tin at work with that so I have a good amount of that four days a week. It has lapsang souchong in it, the smokyness of which I think is part of the reason for the name of the blend, so could it be that I’m getting so conditioned to lapsang now that I’m having this experience of it?

The first time I had lapsang souchong, after I had first got into the black powder blend, I found it strangely lacking. Watered down. I was expecting the fuller flavour of the blend, not just one of the ingredients in it. I was afraid lapsang souchong as a plain tea had been ruined for me forever. I’m pleased to say that this is definitely not the case, as what I’ve got here tonight is an extraordinarily pleasant cup of tea.

Robert Godden

Some LS is the genuine article, some are adding “smoke” flavour these days. Caveat Emptor, my friend.
Hmm, might now go and enjoy that manly smokiness myself

Angrboda

Funny thing is though that this is the exact same batch that has changed that way for me. It’s not the first one I’ve had, but when I first tasted this particular one, it was the same experience for me as the very first one I ever tried. I had this one when I first had the black powder blend and it was this one too that I had that watered down experience with. Odd, isn’t it? (Let it also be known that quality-wise I have every bit of faith in this particular shop. They wouldn’t have stayed in business for 175 years, if they hadn’t been dealing with proper quality teas. :)

kaiz

I always think of LS (from Teavana) as liquid bacon, and tend to make it on Sunday mornings. :-) Delicious stuff, but kind of an unusual taste. Glad that you found a brand/brewing combo that worked for you!

Angrboda

Oh lapsang has been a favourite of mine since the first time I tried it. I was curious and it’s not at all a popular type in Denmark. You can’t find it in supermarkets for example, but have to resort to actual tea shops. A friend of mine from England sent me some because I was curious. It was love at first sip. :)

Peggie Bennett

Lapsang is definitely a new favorite for me, like you, love at first sip! I get a sweetness from it as well as smoothness. I always have to describe it to people at work, and they are always surprised that I say it’s got a touch of sweetness and that I’m not just drinking liquid smoke. It’s also good when I add a little sugar to it. Yum yum, lapsang!

Angrboda

I think it’s largely a love it or hate it type of tea. Some people can find the middle road where they can tolerate it but doesn’t particularly enjoy it. One of my colleagues is on the middle road, borderline hating it. She thinks it’s like standing in a smoke-filled room with a mouth full of water.
I totally get the sweet note you found. I think maybe it’s the same one that I experienced as a milky sort of feeling in this one.

cristina

Have not tried Lapsang before..sounds interesting but weary about the smokiness. I look forward to trying tho!

Carolyn

@Angrboda I don’t know if it’s entirely love/hate. I like it but it’s not a tea I can drink a lot of. It reminds me of lox or smoked white fish, which I used to adore as a child but could only eat a small amount. It’s an “appetizer” tea for me, not a main course.

By contrast, I can drink many of the flavored senchas by Den’s all afternoon.

Micah

I need to get my hands on some LS as well. Seems so intriguing!

cteresa

Pine, I knew it! Drinking this right now, and gosh, it is a bit different than my usuals LS. But pine, yeah yep, very there in the scent, maybe not so much in the taste.

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Robert Godden

Some LS is the genuine article, some are adding “smoke” flavour these days. Caveat Emptor, my friend.
Hmm, might now go and enjoy that manly smokiness myself

Angrboda

Funny thing is though that this is the exact same batch that has changed that way for me. It’s not the first one I’ve had, but when I first tasted this particular one, it was the same experience for me as the very first one I ever tried. I had this one when I first had the black powder blend and it was this one too that I had that watered down experience with. Odd, isn’t it? (Let it also be known that quality-wise I have every bit of faith in this particular shop. They wouldn’t have stayed in business for 175 years, if they hadn’t been dealing with proper quality teas. :)

kaiz

I always think of LS (from Teavana) as liquid bacon, and tend to make it on Sunday mornings. :-) Delicious stuff, but kind of an unusual taste. Glad that you found a brand/brewing combo that worked for you!

Angrboda

Oh lapsang has been a favourite of mine since the first time I tried it. I was curious and it’s not at all a popular type in Denmark. You can’t find it in supermarkets for example, but have to resort to actual tea shops. A friend of mine from England sent me some because I was curious. It was love at first sip. :)

Peggie Bennett

Lapsang is definitely a new favorite for me, like you, love at first sip! I get a sweetness from it as well as smoothness. I always have to describe it to people at work, and they are always surprised that I say it’s got a touch of sweetness and that I’m not just drinking liquid smoke. It’s also good when I add a little sugar to it. Yum yum, lapsang!

Angrboda

I think it’s largely a love it or hate it type of tea. Some people can find the middle road where they can tolerate it but doesn’t particularly enjoy it. One of my colleagues is on the middle road, borderline hating it. She thinks it’s like standing in a smoke-filled room with a mouth full of water.
I totally get the sweet note you found. I think maybe it’s the same one that I experienced as a milky sort of feeling in this one.

cristina

Have not tried Lapsang before..sounds interesting but weary about the smokiness. I look forward to trying tho!

Carolyn

@Angrboda I don’t know if it’s entirely love/hate. I like it but it’s not a tea I can drink a lot of. It reminds me of lox or smoked white fish, which I used to adore as a child but could only eat a small amount. It’s an “appetizer” tea for me, not a main course.

By contrast, I can drink many of the flavored senchas by Den’s all afternoon.

Micah

I need to get my hands on some LS as well. Seems so intriguing!

cteresa

Pine, I knew it! Drinking this right now, and gosh, it is a bit different than my usuals LS. But pine, yeah yep, very there in the scent, maybe not so much in the taste.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

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