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This is the first tea I am trying from my SweeTea, Michelle. Thank you again, Michelle!

Pretty leaves! Sort of a “black and tan” look!

Smoky and…bacony…but in a subtle way?! It’s smokier than Queen Catherine, and a more of a sweet smoke rather than a dark smoke like Hao Ya A. I began my sips a little hesitantly, not sure if I was digging this new type of flavor, but a point came where it all clicked and I started really loving the sweet smoke!

I think my problem was that I had a sweet pastry breakfast, and I don’t think it went well together. Once I was done the food, the tea really started to shine. For my palate, I’d prefer a bagel or cheese or eggs or even pancakes or french toast (maple bacon!) for this tea. My Gouda breakfast of yesterday would have been perfection.

Steepsterites, I think I’m now firmly in the camp(fire!) of “loves smoky teas!”

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Did you ever try the Wuyi Shan Lapsang? It is pretty smoky!

JacquelineM

My husband sniffed that one and thought it smelled really peaty like scotch, so I gave it to him for work! He and his coworkers drink tea too! I have to ask him if they had it, and what everyone thought of it! His one coworker goes to China for the holidays and she always brings back tea.

gmathis

The guys at my work have recently discovered Earl Grey varieties (which, for some reason, I don’t associate as a “man tea”) and rave over it … which now gives me a good home for the EG’s that come to me in assortments. Lapsang…now that seems like a guy tea!

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ashmanra

Did you ever try the Wuyi Shan Lapsang? It is pretty smoky!

JacquelineM

My husband sniffed that one and thought it smelled really peaty like scotch, so I gave it to him for work! He and his coworkers drink tea too! I have to ask him if they had it, and what everyone thought of it! His one coworker goes to China for the holidays and she always brings back tea.

gmathis

The guys at my work have recently discovered Earl Grey varieties (which, for some reason, I don’t associate as a “man tea”) and rave over it … which now gives me a good home for the EG’s that come to me in assortments. Lapsang…now that seems like a guy tea!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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