I ordered this as part of Upton’s “British Sampler”.

In the tin, the smell was very smokey, almost like a recently put-out campfire.

Brewed, this tea retained that campfire smell, but it was much reduced.

I was wary of the Lapsang, but it blended surprisingly well. I have not knowingly had Keemum before, so I could not pick it out with the first cup. The Darjeeling added an interesting floral hint, and because of the Darjeeling, I was wary of adding too much sugar, or even a bit of milk. I finally decided the LS was strong enough to warrant a dribble of milk after a few sips.

This tea is definitely growing on me.

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I prefer good old fashioned black tea, without a lot of frou-frou flavorings.


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