When I first started getting into loose leaf tea, there were two types of tea that frightened me. One was Lapsang and the other puerh. I am pleased to say that I conquered my fear, got past the smell, and like both very much now!

This was one of the samples in my latest box from them, and since my youngest daughter loves smokey tea I thought it would be nice to try it together on the patio with some Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.

One or two lapsangs have really turned me off because they smell like an ashtray. Having grown up with smoking parents and keeping a cough most of my young life, that is a bad association, plus cleaning the ashtrays was one of my chores. O.o

This Lapsang reminds me a bit of Upton’s Baker Street Afternoon Blend in the aroma. This is a sweet, bacon-y smoke, like maple bacon perhaps. It was an excellent match for the Dubliner cheese. But where I find Baker Street to be almost chewy because of its taste texture, this one is lightr bodied.

I don’t like biting, astringent tea, not even to get me going in the mornings. When I want a tea that asserts itself enough to get my attention even while foggy headed, or just because I want something more bold, I think Lapsang is an excellent choice. This one has the right kind of smoke for me, a sweet, food-y smoke. The tea base is sweet, mild, and tasty. No sugar or milk is needed to mask astringency or to add flavor and I can enjoy it plain. My youngest daughter takes all of her tea with milk and sugar, and she enjoyed it that way, so it can handle additions if you want them.

Thank you, Teavivre! This made a lovely start to our day! I am resteeping it now to sip on for the rest of the morning.

Bonnie

The LS lovers the better! I am so waiting at the door for mine to arrive…(looking out the window)….

Barb

After I finish my Earl Grey snit I think it’s time to play with the smokey ones…

K S

I applaud you for conquering your fear. Maybe someday soon I will join you, just not today.

Jim Marks

I actually think that shu style pu-er is the best tea to use to get former avid coffee drinkers to consider tea. Very dark, but very mellow, as well. A good “cross over” even if it is the oddest of teas.

ashmanra

Shu puerh is what got my oldest kids started drinking tea!

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Bonnie

The LS lovers the better! I am so waiting at the door for mine to arrive…(looking out the window)….

Barb

After I finish my Earl Grey snit I think it’s time to play with the smokey ones…

K S

I applaud you for conquering your fear. Maybe someday soon I will join you, just not today.

Jim Marks

I actually think that shu style pu-er is the best tea to use to get former avid coffee drinkers to consider tea. Very dark, but very mellow, as well. A good “cross over” even if it is the oddest of teas.

ashmanra

Shu puerh is what got my oldest kids started drinking tea!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

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