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I had this sample in my cupboard that I have been saving, and since it is a gray and rainy day here, decided to try it today.

I have never had a Lapsang Souchong tea before, and it certainly does have a smokey smell of pine and peat which carries over to the brewed cup.

The taste is quite smokey in flavor as well and reminds me of campfires made with fresh pine logs, but there is also a sweetness to it.

Very interesting and tasty, and although this wouldn’t be my favorite type of tea, I am happy to have tried it and would have the occasional cup for something different.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Skulleigh

I pretty much feel the same about lapsang souchong. I drink it when I wish I could be camping :) Not an everyday tea by any means.

caile

Yes, it would be a good tea to drink when you wish you could be sitting beside a campfire! :)

boychik

I really like LS with bagel cream cheese. I think cream cheese offsets its nicely.

caile

Ooh, that sounds like a good combination! l’ll keep that in mind… I haven’t had a bagel with cream cheese in awhile – yum.

Skulleigh

Oh man, now I want a bagel and cream cheese :D

caile

Me too! Adds to shopping list… ; )

boychik

I eat it once in a blue moon, but it’s soo good. You can eat it with any cheese no bagel haha. Cheddar is good too.

caile

Love cheddar too, especially aged. I ate the last piece yesterday so will need more of that as well. This morning I ate oatmeal which is always one of my favorites – maybe not so good with this tea as cheese would be. :)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t had a bagel in years, but I came across a gluten free bagel recipe, which I really need to try out! Of course, I can’t have cream cheese either (dammit), but maybe I could spead some coconut butter on it…or guac :)
Regarding this tea, I enjoy it plain, but it is also especially awesome with a little maple syrup added for an occasional treat!

caile

Coconut butter or avocado both would be good. : )

I was thinking I should have tried this tea with maple syrup but forgot about that while I was drinking it! Next time for sure! One interesting thing was how the aroma of this tea seemed to stay with me all day – probably because it was so new and different to me.

Terri HarpLady

Smoky teas originally freaked me out, LOL. Now I enjoy them

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
168 tasting notes

This was actually was the first tea that caught my eye at Davidstea in awhile. Coconut and chocolate…perhaps I was hopeful it would be somewhat like Harney&Sons Soho blend…but it isn’t.

While at the store, I was originally planning to get 25 grams or so, but as it turned out, this was the tea they were sampling, so tried a small sample glass of it first. And I’m glad I did, for although the dry blend smells quite nice and rich and promising, the taste does not nearly compare. Any chocolate or coconut or nuttiness of any kind is lacking, and although often the samples in store are not as good as when brewed at home, there was just something off about the taste that I can’t describe…an aftertaste of some sort. So disappointing! As it turned out I didn’t buy any to take home – perhaps it would have tasted better if brewed differently, but didn’t want to even bother. Sigh.

scribbles

I did buy 25 g’s, and it smells sooo good. Hopefully I have success with at-home brew.

caile

It does smell so good! I bet it will be better at home – maybe I’ll end up picking some up next time just to try. I hope you like yours when you make it! : )

Lee

I wonder if it was the coconut,,,coconut has a very short shelf life.

caile

No, I don’t think it was the coconut.. it was the flavoring they use I think.
I didn’t know coconut has a short shelf life though.

Lee

Now I am thinking about coconut cream pie,,,yummm

caile

Haha, yum. I love coconut cream pie!!

Virginia

This one is a tricky one. I brewed it several times and thought it was boring, but then I over leafed it just a bit, steeped it at recommended temperature for 5 minutes and added a bit of milk and it was very good. As it cools down, the flavour declines significantly though.

caile

Good to know. I still may pick some up to try at home. :)

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I drank a pot of this and found it to be quite enjoyable. Full and round with some syrupy fruity richness. I added milk and did not find any bitterness, and the light astringency was pleasant. Not an outstanding tea, but I enjoyed the pot.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
168 tasting notes

Sweet and mild with some light malt and woodiness. No noted smokiness. An easy, tasty tea to drink by the potful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
caile

haha! I was finally able to post from my tablet, which has been impossible lately!

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drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
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98

I have been drinking this all morning, and it is really a favorite. As delicious as ever – with sweetness, potato, orange and spice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
caile

And, comforting me with my terrible migraines.

keychange

Oh no! I hope you can get some rest.

caile

Thank you, I’m going to try.

MissLena

I’ve had bad migraines this week too! I should try some of this tea for them, I have some at home

caile

Well, I can’t say it helped my head but at least it tastes good, and that doesn’t hurt. ; )

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
168 tasting notes

I tried to like rooibos but have decided that it isn’t something I want or reach for even when it is in fun flavours like this. I had a bit left in my cupboard that I wasn’t drinking and when I saw reviews recommending cold brewing, decided to give it a try.

Well, it turned out better than I expected. None of that overly woody rooibos taste and mainly a sweet mapley refreshing drink. I probably have enough to make another batch this way and that is how I’ll use up the rest – much better than hot in my opinion.

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it cold brewed! Roswell Strange was the one who brought it to my attention and that is how I have been enjoying this tea ever since :)

caile

I saw both you and Roswell Strange drinking it this way and am glad I tried it also! It turned out good! :)

VariaTEA

I was pleasantly surprised by it. I did not expect it to be bad but I also didn’t expect it to be as tasty as it was.

caile

haha, I know!

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drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
168 tasting notes

I’m glad to have this in my cupboard, as it is just what I need. Mostly mint and fennel flavor with a bit of sweet, soothing spiciness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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