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This has been my absolute favorite tea since I first had a cup of it. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you appreciate something different or something with a strong flavor, this tea is for you. Lapsang Souchong is quite an experience – first you’ll notice the smell, which is very smokey, thoughts of a campfire always spring to my mind. The taste combines the flavor of black tea with bacon or other smoked meats. Because of the connection with food, I tend to drink it with a baked snack or other food. I definitely wouldn’t add anything to this tea – drink it straight for the perfect flavor. So good!

For any other fans – have you tried any brand beside Teavana? I bought a large canister of it from there and have just about used it up – now I’m looking for another place buy from to compare. I have heard some places don’t use the authentic process of roasting though, I want to stay away from flavor-by-chemicals stuff.

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montkath

Enjoyingtea.com does carry this tea. While I have not had this tea from them, I can say that everything I have had from them is definitely fresh and fine tasting.

E Alexander Gerster

If you liked Teavana’s Lapsang Souchong, there are a few others you might like to try. Twinings has a pretty decent and consistent loose leaf, that is heavy on the smokey side. Adagio Teas has a slightly milder version, and there are more than a dozen brands reviewed now on Steepster.

You also might like to try Russian Caravan tea, which is traditionally made with a blend of Oolong, Keemun and Lapsang Souchong teas. (Twingings, Upton and Mark T. Wendell make nice versions) EnjoyingTea.com has a Russian Caravan which is a blend of lapsang souchong with assam black tea — a rather nice combination of lightly smokey and nicely malty flavors.

Toni Westbrook

Yeah – I’ve heard good things about Russian Caravan before, I definitely want to give it a try sometime soon – I’m curious to see how that combination of tastes sounds. Thanks for the sources too, I’ll be sure to check them out!

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montkath

Enjoyingtea.com does carry this tea. While I have not had this tea from them, I can say that everything I have had from them is definitely fresh and fine tasting.

E Alexander Gerster

If you liked Teavana’s Lapsang Souchong, there are a few others you might like to try. Twinings has a pretty decent and consistent loose leaf, that is heavy on the smokey side. Adagio Teas has a slightly milder version, and there are more than a dozen brands reviewed now on Steepster.

You also might like to try Russian Caravan tea, which is traditionally made with a blend of Oolong, Keemun and Lapsang Souchong teas. (Twingings, Upton and Mark T. Wendell make nice versions) EnjoyingTea.com has a Russian Caravan which is a blend of lapsang souchong with assam black tea — a rather nice combination of lightly smokey and nicely malty flavors.

Toni Westbrook

Yeah – I’ve heard good things about Russian Caravan before, I definitely want to give it a try sometime soon – I’m curious to see how that combination of tastes sounds. Thanks for the sources too, I’ll be sure to check them out!

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