Well, that’s a surprise – I just drank a cup of this and thought it was absolutely delicious! I only ordered it (the 10 g sample size) on a whim, because I have thought for a long time that I don’t like lapsang souchong. It’s good to find out things about yourself, even if they’re “You don’t even know what YOU like” kind of things, right? Er, right??

Anyway, I don’t think I’ve even tried one since moving back to Ireland, almost 20 years ago. Maybe tastes have changed, maybe I was drinking it ‘wrong’, or maybe this is just a really good tea. (I think I’m going to send some to cteresa to see what she thinks.) Whatever the reason, I brewed up a cup this morning, with about 1.5 teaspoons (big cup) and then drank it without milk, which is both weaker and milk-less-er than I usually drink the morning caffeine blast. (By milk I mean either soy or almond, and right now it’s almond, as our local grocery store has started stocking Alpro Almond – yay!) I meant to add a small splash of milk about halfway through, but found myself with an empty cup before I knew it. Smooth, slightly sweet and smoky. Not even a hint of bitterness or over-astringency.

I’m so glad I happened to see PureAromaTea’s 25% off Steepster discount, which pushed me into ordering from them! Really enjoying working my way through the teas.

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
cteresa

Oh, thank you for thinking of me, and glad you got converted to lapsang ;) But if you got 10 grams, test it all, just to check.

Lapsang weirdly is for me a afternoon tea, I rarely have it in the morning, dunno quite why – I think it is not too heavy in caffeine usually. Even more strangely it is for me a rainy weather tea, it seems to just taste better when it is raining outside (I know. Going way past sense now). I like lapsang normally, even rough ones, so not sure how good a judge of it I am usually. I got two current favorites, both by Mariage Freres, their Lapsang Souchong Imperial which is really smooth and their Tsar Alexandre which is sort of lapsang souchong earl grey – but that is a new love, maybe just infatuation.

Hallieod

Actually, I think I’d normally want to drink Lapsang in the afternoon too, but this was my third cup, so I had a bit of caffeine-space free for experimentation. I’d be happy to send you some, even if it’s just enough for one cup!

cteresa

Thanks, but no need, experiment with it!

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cteresa

Oh, thank you for thinking of me, and glad you got converted to lapsang ;) But if you got 10 grams, test it all, just to check.

Lapsang weirdly is for me a afternoon tea, I rarely have it in the morning, dunno quite why – I think it is not too heavy in caffeine usually. Even more strangely it is for me a rainy weather tea, it seems to just taste better when it is raining outside (I know. Going way past sense now). I like lapsang normally, even rough ones, so not sure how good a judge of it I am usually. I got two current favorites, both by Mariage Freres, their Lapsang Souchong Imperial which is really smooth and their Tsar Alexandre which is sort of lapsang souchong earl grey – but that is a new love, maybe just infatuation.

Hallieod

Actually, I think I’d normally want to drink Lapsang in the afternoon too, but this was my third cup, so I had a bit of caffeine-space free for experimentation. I’d be happy to send you some, even if it’s just enough for one cup!

cteresa

Thanks, but no need, experiment with it!

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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