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drank Lapsang Souchong by Chi of Tea
1279 tasting notes

Steepsterites, I am f-f-f-f-f-freezing!

And when chillsome, something smoky is (also) good. What luck that I happened to buy a new one when ordering from Chi of Tea!

LS and smoky flavoured black teas in general, be it actually smoked like LS or an naturally occurring pseudo-smoke like Keemun, are some of my favourites. I’ve said more than once that ‘smoky is good, very smoky is very good’ and I stand by that. There is just that little proviso with LS that I can actually get them too smoky. That is, it’s not the fact that there’s too much of the smoke. It’s the other parts of it that there isn’t enough of. I like the sweetness of the finish, and I’ve had an LS where this finishing note didn’t really show up at all until the second steep. That’s just not ideal for me. The perfect LS needs to have both those aspects.

The aroma of the leaves is definitely smoky, even charcoal-y, and after steeping the tea smells strongly of smoke and ashes. Fresh ashes though. Like the site of a campfire after it has almost completely gone out. (I used to be a girl scout. I know what that smells like. It’s significantly better than what your clothes smell like when coming home.)

Taste-wise this is an LS right after my own heart! It’s heavy on the smoke, but that sweet note of fruit, almost sugary, is coming through loud and clear. This is pretty much ideal. I’ve previously named the LS from AC Perch’s my standard LS, but I might have to do some more comparison to see how this one holds up, because this is seriously nice.

The thing about LS, for an LS lover, is that it’s very easy to describe. Or very difficult, whichever way you look at it. It’s certainly un-complicated. At first there’s a lot of smoky notes, slight wooden and just a smidge sour. Then, when swallowing, an incredible sweetness blossoms up. Sweet, yet with a certain quality of freshness.

This, however, in no way means that LS, however much of that sweet note it’s got, should be mistaken for a sweet tea. It’s not actually sweet at all. It’s harsh and prickly. The sweetness is merely there in a finishing note, and seeming all the sweeter still because it’s contrasted with the smoke.

If you like smokies, if you are an LS lover, do ask this one for a dance.

Pamela Dean

I, too, used to be a Girl Scout. Camp was the best part of my childhood. As for the lapsang souchong, coming from you, I take the high rating quite seriously! It must be some pretty good stuff…

Angrboda

Eh, I preferred the weekly meetings and learning to do stuff, really. That whole sleeping in tents on the cold ground like sardines with other kids and being away from home omg wasn’t really so very huge on my list. But then again, that might also have something to do with me not having been very good at forming tighter friendships with the other kids. I just had a small handful of my very close friends and the rest merely loose acquaintances and people I knew. (Also, in my family it was slightly difficult to avoid being one, when my father used to be one and his brother still leading a group of 10-12 yos, and both my cousins at my age were. :) Every time I started getting tired of it, I was persuaded to wait until I’d moved into the next age group, because my father knew that it was most likely because I was close to that age and I was getting bored with the level of things we were learning. Turned into 10 years total in the end)

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Pamela Dean

I, too, used to be a Girl Scout. Camp was the best part of my childhood. As for the lapsang souchong, coming from you, I take the high rating quite seriously! It must be some pretty good stuff…

Angrboda

Eh, I preferred the weekly meetings and learning to do stuff, really. That whole sleeping in tents on the cold ground like sardines with other kids and being away from home omg wasn’t really so very huge on my list. But then again, that might also have something to do with me not having been very good at forming tighter friendships with the other kids. I just had a small handful of my very close friends and the rest merely loose acquaintances and people I knew. (Also, in my family it was slightly difficult to avoid being one, when my father used to be one and his brother still leading a group of 10-12 yos, and both my cousins at my age were. :) Every time I started getting tired of it, I was persuaded to wait until I’d moved into the next age group, because my father knew that it was most likely because I was close to that age and I was getting bored with the level of things we were learning. Turned into 10 years total in the end)

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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.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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