You guys are such prolific writers (and tea drinkers) I’m having trouble keeping up!

Anyway, I keep hearing about Lapsang Souchong but have never tried it myself, so when I saw a box of these teabags at the supermarket, I had to get it! I wonder, though, if I should be creating a new entry for the teabag version instead of adding this note under the loose leaf one …

To sidetrack a bit, teabags are such convenient little packets for lazy bums like me. I’ve got some loose leaf Maloom and Okayti sitting around untouched for a whole week but I tore straight into my new Lapsang Souchong purchase instead, because all I had to do was throw a teabag into a cup of hot water. It’s less troublesome than yanno, actually brewing tea. xD

So my first impressions are: wow, this is very smoky indeed! I’m drinking it plain at the moment and I think it tastes rather earthy, like Pu’er, only slightly sharper/more acidic(?). Also, is it just me, or does this tea dry your throat up? The smokiness isn’t for everyone, but I like it even though it made me sneeze and gives me smoky breath. LOL. ♥

Angrboda

Prolific… Obsessive… Addicted… You take your pick. ;)

Yes, it does have a certain throat drying quality, but I find it sweet that it made you sneeze. :D

Also, I agree with the comparison to Pu-erh. It is of course not even remotely the same thing, but in terms of unique flavours pu-ehrs would be the closest thing. The (then) owner of my little local shop and I decided to agree on this a few months ago when I was craving lapsang souchong and it was sold out (and she wasn’t stocking up at the time due to imminent sale of the shop), so we agreed that the closest alternative she could give me would be the plain generic pu-ehr. Pu-ehr doesn’t have the smokeyness, but underneath that I think lapsang souchong definitely has the same dark sort of solid flavour.

Aduial

There are worse things to be addicted to. ;D

LOL, it’s probably the smoke drying up your throat, and I suppose it’s my excessive sniffing of the tea that made me sneeze. Guess I was too excited by this smoky novelty. ;)

Yup, I was referring to that complex earthy/dirt-like taste you find lurking beneath Lapsang Souchong’s smokiness and Pu’er was the only thing I could think of describing it with. Otherwise, they’re definitely two different teas. I used to drink Pu’er after lunch at work everyday but I don’t think I can do so with this!

gmathis

There is no middle ground: either you love lapsang or you hate it. I fall into the latter category, unfortunately. Too bad; I hate not liking any variety of tea.

Aduial

Yeah, I think that tends to happen with pungent foods, but it’s always possible to acquire a taste for it later on. ;)

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Angrboda

Prolific… Obsessive… Addicted… You take your pick. ;)

Yes, it does have a certain throat drying quality, but I find it sweet that it made you sneeze. :D

Also, I agree with the comparison to Pu-erh. It is of course not even remotely the same thing, but in terms of unique flavours pu-ehrs would be the closest thing. The (then) owner of my little local shop and I decided to agree on this a few months ago when I was craving lapsang souchong and it was sold out (and she wasn’t stocking up at the time due to imminent sale of the shop), so we agreed that the closest alternative she could give me would be the plain generic pu-ehr. Pu-ehr doesn’t have the smokeyness, but underneath that I think lapsang souchong definitely has the same dark sort of solid flavour.

Aduial

There are worse things to be addicted to. ;D

LOL, it’s probably the smoke drying up your throat, and I suppose it’s my excessive sniffing of the tea that made me sneeze. Guess I was too excited by this smoky novelty. ;)

Yup, I was referring to that complex earthy/dirt-like taste you find lurking beneath Lapsang Souchong’s smokiness and Pu’er was the only thing I could think of describing it with. Otherwise, they’re definitely two different teas. I used to drink Pu’er after lunch at work everyday but I don’t think I can do so with this!

gmathis

There is no middle ground: either you love lapsang or you hate it. I fall into the latter category, unfortunately. Too bad; I hate not liking any variety of tea.

Aduial

Yeah, I think that tends to happen with pungent foods, but it’s always possible to acquire a taste for it later on. ;)

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