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drank Lapsang Souchong by Samovar
911 tasting notes

Got to leave work early today – yay! It’s cold and raining (thankfully not snowing) so I thought this afternoon would be a great time to put on my snow leopard fleece pants, put a heating pad on my stomach and have some tea. I pulled out my GM sampler and another basket (that I’ve dubbed the takgoti sampler) intending to leaf through the lovely teas and eventually settle on one. But this one was right on top, hand raise, screaming “PICK ME! PICK ME!”

So I did.

The dry leaves smell like barbecue sauce – the good stuff that I loved when I could still eat the darn stuff. While steeping, a meatier flavor comes up. Like smoked brisket. Once it has brewed up, though, I get more of a we-just-sprayed-down-the-campfire-before-bed smell. That’s a little… worrying. But I shall continue!

Okay, who cares about the smell. Because the taste is lovely. Not quiet as sweet at GM’s but smoother and mellower. More of a smoked tea than a smoky tea taste. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t a pale, light flavored tea! It’s just that the smoke flavor is embedded into the tea. Like when you put a ham in the smoker for about 6 hours or more. The smoke taste isn’t overwhelming, but it’s in every square inch of taste.

Last night with the Marco Polo, the whole slurping and inhaling with the tea behind my teeth thing was really interesting so I thought I’d try it again. And holy monkeys. As soon as I stop inhaling to close my mouth and swallow, it’s like a big ole mouthful of smoke. But it’s not bad – I kind of like it! I think because it really really tastes like the smell of my dad smoking a brisket.

This one is bolder than GM’s, I think. Also, it’s not as sweet. This is much smoother than ROT’s though (which I don’t find to be overly difficult). It’s kind of a toss up for me between this one and GM’s. This one has a very true-to-life taste which I really appreciate (so for those of you that want to drink something that tastes like smoked brisket…) and an overall heartier taste. GM’s is sweeter with a good taste and a nice development but not quite as beautifully rounded in taste. I think this one might be the better tea, but I think that the added sweetness to GM’s make that one the favored tea for me personally.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Uhoh, sounds like I would hate this one even more than GM’s sampler.

Auggy

Yep, I’d say so! Stay away!!!!
(Or get some and sent it all to me. Muahahaha!)

teaplz

I have some of this too. This… should be interesting.

Auggy

Samovar says that it is ‘exotic’ with milk so maybe a little almond milk or something in it would be happy for you. Or it might fulfill your bacon tea desires in a positive manner.

takgoti

I haven’t tried it with milk yet, but I like how balanced this one is. I’m going to have to try this and the GM one side by side, I think.

Auggy

I look forward to reading those reviews!

Ricky

^ Lapsang Cult. Brisket + Almond Milk o.O

Micah

I’ve never had the gumption to actually buy any Lapsang Souchong. I always just smell it and, if I’m with someone, say “Hey! C’mere and smell this!”

But, if it’s in the Golden Moon sampler then I’ll be drinking it pretty soon. And Lapsang with milk? That sounds interesting. I bet it’s good, though. For some reason that combination seems like a great idea in my head.

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Ricky

Uhoh, sounds like I would hate this one even more than GM’s sampler.

Auggy

Yep, I’d say so! Stay away!!!!
(Or get some and sent it all to me. Muahahaha!)

teaplz

I have some of this too. This… should be interesting.

Auggy

Samovar says that it is ‘exotic’ with milk so maybe a little almond milk or something in it would be happy for you. Or it might fulfill your bacon tea desires in a positive manner.

takgoti

I haven’t tried it with milk yet, but I like how balanced this one is. I’m going to have to try this and the GM one side by side, I think.

Auggy

I look forward to reading those reviews!

Ricky

^ Lapsang Cult. Brisket + Almond Milk o.O

Micah

I’ve never had the gumption to actually buy any Lapsang Souchong. I always just smell it and, if I’m with someone, say “Hey! C’mere and smell this!”

But, if it’s in the Golden Moon sampler then I’ll be drinking it pretty soon. And Lapsang with milk? That sounds interesting. I bet it’s good, though. For some reason that combination seems like a great idea in my head.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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