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yay, continuing my exploration of tea that are smoky but not too smoky…

I am finding this to be a delightful blend. I do see why people saw this is like Hu Kwa’s little sister. It has some of the same flavors as hu kwa, a slightly smoky barbeque-y type flavor but blended well with some other black teas – I think perhaps a ceylon and assam?

It’s a dark red lovely liquor to the tea. There is a lot of smoke but also a lingering sweetness in the finish. Mildly brisk but not overwhelmingly so, notes of tobacco present. This is another tea I would have to drink plain because milk or sugar would ruin it. I think between this and Russian Country from Harney I will have enough lapsang blends to last me for a while.

I did also do a second steep using the same leaves for only around 1 minute, the smokiness is mostly gone but it still has a light, sweet flavor kind of like a darker oolong. NICE!

This is really nice for an afternoon pickup! And yes, I really need to stop buying tea for a while. ;-)

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narwhalclub

I think I’m going to have to try this one next time I order from MTW, it sounds delightful. And I totally know what you’re saying about Hu-Kwa’s barbeque-y flavor. When I try to describe it to people that have never had it I always tell them it’s like really good barbeque sauce, not in the sense that it actually tastes like barbeque sauce, but every positive attribute that you would use to describe good barbeque sauce applies: smokey, tangy, somewhat honey-like, etc.

TeaBrat

Yep, that about sums it up! Hu kwa is not a tea I would drink every day but it’s really good… :)

Dylan Oxford

Man, where do all these tea companies come from! One more for the list!

TeaBrat

Hey, this company has been around since 1904! But I agree, so MANY tea companies are out there!

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narwhalclub

I think I’m going to have to try this one next time I order from MTW, it sounds delightful. And I totally know what you’re saying about Hu-Kwa’s barbeque-y flavor. When I try to describe it to people that have never had it I always tell them it’s like really good barbeque sauce, not in the sense that it actually tastes like barbeque sauce, but every positive attribute that you would use to describe good barbeque sauce applies: smokey, tangy, somewhat honey-like, etc.

TeaBrat

Yep, that about sums it up! Hu kwa is not a tea I would drink every day but it’s really good… :)

Dylan Oxford

Man, where do all these tea companies come from! One more for the list!

TeaBrat

Hey, this company has been around since 1904! But I agree, so MANY tea companies are out there!

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