There are two kinds of wood you need for a good fire in a wood-stove, soft wood,like cedar to get the fire going, and hard wood, like oak for the fire to last a long time.

When I lived in the Sierra Mountain town of Paradise, one of the 6 girls that lived in my house was Susan. Her father was a tree feller. (That’s what you call them) Tree felling is a dangerous job, and when he wasn’t felling trees, he was drinking, so Susan stayed with me and her dad paid for her room and board with firewood. We had wood all Winter cut and stacked with bundled kindling. During power outages, we had heat! Cedar and Oak!

Compared with the 5000 foot altitude I live at now, 2000 feet doesn’t seem like much of a mountain, but where I live now is flat and dry. Paradise was mountain forest with tall pine and oak.
In the Fall and Winter, the smell of smoke from many wood fires was delicious wafting through the trees.

I absolutely LOVE the smell of a damp forest and wood smoke!
I LOVE the smell of the smoke early in the morning on a sunny, cold day holding a cup of hot tea in my hands, wrapped in a blanket while sitting on the back porch warm and happy.

Smoke means BBQ and 4th of July (the dumb little houses that smoke and do nothing else, remember them? And punks…those things that come with sparklers?).

So many people have memories of camping or hiking with friends when they drink a smoky tea. My grandkids call Lapsang Souchong ‘Memory Tea’.

This tea is NOT a Souchong! Souchong means: A tea made from the larger older leaves of the shoot. A lower grade of tea leaf.

This smoked tea is a high grade Oolong. Something Very Special!

I had a sampling of this tea before, so I took some of my tea to share with friends who I knew were NOT fond of roasted Oolongs but DID like traditional Lapsang Souchong. What would they think?

Joe prepared the tea according to the Verdant instructions, short 5 second steeps in a Gaiwan.
The flavor was lightly smoky, smooth and sweet. We had some trouble tasting further nuances in the tea with such short steeps so we decided to throw caution to the wind and do a 3 minute steep.

This was more like it we agreed! Longer Steep wins!
Sweet and silky smooth, but with whisper light smokiness.
The honey caramel Oolong base created a fat oozy syrup that coated the inside of my mouth…moving slowly from the back to the front.
I was toying with the idea of fruitiness but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Maybe Fuji Persimmon. I don’t know, not sure.

I drank some more of this tea this morning, and took a picture. It was a time to reflect alone on wood fires and my life in Paradise. Time there with family and the 6 girls who came to me in High School and are now 40 year old women (including my daughter).
My parents, and grandmother are buried in that town.

You don’t have to be hit over the head with strong smokiness to have sweet memories, and this tea has given me all the gentle beauty I could desire.

I suppose that I’m like an old teapot that needs good tea to keep it well seasoned.

I’ve said this before, I hope this tea (or one like) it becomes available permanently.

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Terri HarpLady

Yes! This is a tasty one!
Lovely review, ms Bonnie!

NofarS

What a lovely, evocative review!

Kashyap

I loathe lapsang souchong…but I came to learn that ‘real’ lapsang is from a very specific estate (you can find more details in ‘the story of tea’) and that imitations have cropped up (pun intended) and some even rely on ‘flavoring’ oils….If you get a chance, the Tao of Tea at one point had a Bohea, which was one of the most sublime smoked teas I have ever had and I was stunned by it…it was layered and mellow, sweet and voluptuous in the mouth. If I can’t find the good lapsang…then the only way you will find this triple bagged in my tea locker, will be for use as an ingredient in thai prawn soup, or homemade BBQ sauce, or for Chinese tea eggs.

Bonnie

I have a LS that I like quite a bit, but this tea here is another story altogether. I know about the other real Lapsang too…I read.
The LS I cook with has a sweet smoke and comes from my town, look up the Happy Lucky’s Lapsang Souchong here on Steepster, people like it. This smooth smoke Oolong, ah…not the same league at all. This is an elegant tea!

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Terri HarpLady

Yes! This is a tasty one!
Lovely review, ms Bonnie!

NofarS

What a lovely, evocative review!

Kashyap

I loathe lapsang souchong…but I came to learn that ‘real’ lapsang is from a very specific estate (you can find more details in ‘the story of tea’) and that imitations have cropped up (pun intended) and some even rely on ‘flavoring’ oils….If you get a chance, the Tao of Tea at one point had a Bohea, which was one of the most sublime smoked teas I have ever had and I was stunned by it…it was layered and mellow, sweet and voluptuous in the mouth. If I can’t find the good lapsang…then the only way you will find this triple bagged in my tea locker, will be for use as an ingredient in thai prawn soup, or homemade BBQ sauce, or for Chinese tea eggs.

Bonnie

I have a LS that I like quite a bit, but this tea here is another story altogether. I know about the other real Lapsang too…I read.
The LS I cook with has a sweet smoke and comes from my town, look up the Happy Lucky’s Lapsang Souchong here on Steepster, people like it. This smooth smoke Oolong, ah…not the same league at all. This is an elegant tea!

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There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
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My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
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