Thank you Bonnie for this sample!
A few months ago, I received many generous samples from Bonnie and have only reviewed a few of them, sorry about that…
I was honored to try my first tea from her beloved teashop, Happy Lucky’s, she also included a nice cardboard disk from them that gives you all their brewing instructions and addresses.
She had promised she would send a Lapsang Souchong that she thought I might appreciate, as I had expressed the fact that they kind of scared me, just like pu’erh did…
First and foremost: the smell! Ahhh… sweet fire camp hickory, charcoal broil mixed with floral fragrance from the pretty dried jasmine flower buds and juicy bite from the orange rinds .. People at your teashop are genius for thinking of putting these together…as they say, opposites attracts!
Not to think that this is in any shape or form a jasmine tea cause it’s not! The Jasmine is obviously overpowered by the smoke and it is to be expected, but it’s role here is simply to tone it down an completely blend and vanish to create a perfect balance with it’s sweet flowery perfume.
I’ve had only one souchong previous to this one, and it was so harsh and bitter, I thought I would never have it again!
This is showing me all the possibilities, and I’ll be willing to try more of them… I have to say that as breakfast tea, it’s magnificent!
The best part is that I have enough for a few more cups!