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This was an OK tea, although I couldn’t distinguish any jasmine scent or taste what so ever. I enjoyed the small box that I received as a gift, but I wouldn’t purchase again just because it was nothing spectacular.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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185 °F / 85 °C

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95

The dry leaves smell very smoky and like fresh baked good coming out of the oven.

The liquid does not taste very smoky to me but it does taste like an urban street. I can notice motor oil, bakery scents, petrichor, and what a busy road might smell like. Very, very interesting tea and I was quite impressed at the complexity.

Flavors: Alcohol, Ash, Baked Bread, Bergamot, Blackberry, Blueberry, Bok Choy, Brandy, Brown Sugar, Campfire, Chestnut, Dark Wood, Espresso, Floral, Fur, Hops, Jasmine, Leather, Limestone, Malt, Metallic, Mud, Musty, Olive Oil, Smoke, Tannin

Preparation
1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML
rosebudmelissa

Wow! That does sound like a really interesting tea! Most franchise based blends seem to me to be very much based on personal tastes and personal concepts of characters, but this one really sounds like it would suit Holmes.

Liquid Proust

If it has all those taste in it, I want some!

Arby Robilliard

Yeah I was quite surprised. Some of the Murchie’s black teas I’ve tasted are overly tannic, slightly bitter, and get astringent if steeped more than 3 minutes. This green tea, however, is fantastic and I highly recommend it. It tastes like a paved road or an industrial area. I don’t love smoky teas but this was more of a motor oil or asphalt taste rather than the usual smoke.

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95

This is by far the thing I most look forward to drinking in the summer time, but only as an iced tea. It is absolutely amazing. It is incredibly fruity and refreshing… and I think it would be great for a parent looking for a kid friendly crystal-drink subtitute. But it is also great for grown ups to enjoy.

I am affiliated with this company, but this is my honest review.

Flavors: Berries, Citrus, Lemon, Orange

Preparation
8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Bitter, Black Currant, Fruity, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
Iced 5 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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76

This is a very bold black tea, especially for the decaf version I’m drinking right now. Lots of fruity and sweet black current and tannic black tea.

Flavors: Black Currant, Creamy, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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76

Day 7 of Lion’s Week of Tea challenge
Saturday | Flavoured blends

I’m drinking the decaf version I received in a 10 teabag taster size at Christmas.
Smells very sweet and fruity, tastes quite tannic with a noticeable creamy black current taste.
Pretty basic black tea base, a bit astringent. Steeps dark amber in about 4 minutes. I find it too astringent for my tastes, but the creamy and fruity tastes are nice. I think it would be excellent with milk because it steeps quite strong.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Black Currant, Creamy, Fruity, Sweet, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Flavors: Green, Smoke

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155 °F / 68 °C

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98

My mother in law’s favourite tea!! She gave me some for Christmas and gosh I love this tea!! I don’t drink it too often just because I only have a little bit left and don’t want to run out! Like its name suggests it’s perfect with a good book :)

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71

Good combination of green and black tea flavour. This is a simple blend but the flavours go together quite well and it tastes like a good quality tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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Flavors: Apple, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Creamy, Milk, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Milk, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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69

I absolutely love blueberry teas, and this one was not a disappointment. I did find the green tea a tad bitter but the blueberry was sweet enough to balance it out nicely.

Flavors: Bitter, Blueberry, Fruity, Green, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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82

The teabag smells very sweet and fruity. I can smell vanilla and rooibos as it steeps. By about three minutes it is a dark amber colour. I buy my teas from Murchie’s in paper sachets for convenience, but you can’t taste paper or packaging at all. The pomegranate flavour is very nice. Sweet, but no hint of acidic or tangy notes. Overall this tea is super smooth and well rounded. I very much enjoy the creamy vanilla. II didn’t add milk or honey but it tastes like it is a latte.

The second steep is just as flavourful, which isn’t surprising for a Murchie’s blend or for rooibos drinks. I’ve tried re-steeping this tea 4 times over about an hour without any loss of flavour.

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Fruity, Honey, Milk, Red Fruits, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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82

This tea is quite good, but a little bit too sweet for me most mornings. There are lots of subtle fruity and sweet tasting notes.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Fruity, Red Fruits, Rooibos, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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83

As far as earl greys go, this is the best one I’ve had. It could stand for a slightly stronger bergamot flavour, but it’s otherwise very good, especially for making London Fog!!! :P

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is my enigma.

I cannot discombobulate the strange aroma and taste with the fact that I am essentially just drinking slightly flavoured water! I mentioned yesterday that when I first opened the sample box, the smokey aroma really shocked me. I knew from reading reviews on Steepster that lapsang souchong was one of those “fringe” teas that you either loved or hated, but I had no idea what to expect once I actually got my hands on some of it.

Upon further reflection yesterday night about my strange and puzzling new tea sample that wafted its aroma from its box all around my kitchen, I realized that the smell it reminded me of campfire smoke. Exactly this. I could almost see the smoke spewing out of the little box (which, incidentally, I also realized looked like cigarette packs, lol…) if I took a deep breath of it.

I brewed it after work today, still having no idea what to expect in terms of flavour. When I poured the water over the teabag, lo and behold: smoked salami. What the hell are you talking about, you might ask? I have no freaking clue. When this tea was brewing, I swear to you it smelled like heavily smoked, delicious meat. Some sort of salami or even smoked salmon maybe. My stomach grumbled because I got hungry from the aroma alone. It was beginning to be difficult to be content with the yogurt/fruit snack I had decided to prepare for myself along with this tea.

Needless to say, I was hesitant in my first tasting. The aroma died down after a while as it cooled down (or maybe I just got used to having it around me), and it went back to a less enticing campfire smoke smell. If I had to describe what campfire smoke tastes like, I’d pretty much just hand you some of this tea. Even in my mouth, I can barely get around the smokiness to catch a hint of the black tea underneath, although I do have fleeting glimpses of it if I concentrate hard enough. It’s not unpleasant per se, I just don’t really know to enjoy this weird new sensation. Maybe one day I will become a lapsang souchong appreciator. For now, I will let this tea puzzle me from inside a box.

Xxxxx

When I was in my 20s, I always ordered Lapsang when I went out for high tea. It can be excellent with the right food. Just recently, I revisited it, and you’re correct-it’s a punch you in the face kind of tea. My next tea quest is to find a reasonably gentle Lapsang, assuming such a thing exisits. Very much enjoyed your spot on review.

ashmanra

Lapsangs, like other teas, can be so very different. Black Dragon from Upton Tea is sweet and good, Baker Street Blend is a mix of lapsing and Darjeeling and we love it. We like it strong, so Dammann Freres Lapsang Souchong Crocodile is one of our favorites, as is Lapsang from Zen Tea Life in Canada. I do not care for Lapsang tea that just tastes like smokey water, though! It has to have some body for me. My youngest daughter has loved it since she first had it at about age 11. Lapsang is great with certain cheeses. :)

Xxxxx

@ashmanra, thanks very much for the recommendations. I am going to do some Lapsang scouting. I order a lot of samples from Upton so I can start there. Cheers!

Mookit

@Whiteantlers Thank you, I am happy you enjoyed reading it! I think, when my courage comes back, I may try a more gentler lapsang souchong, or even try a few different ones that may not be as smokey but more layered with different flavours.

@ Ashmanra Cheese! I love cheese, and I can see why lapsang would be great to pair with it, considering it smells like smoked meat, haha! Thanks for pointing out different lapsangs to try, I will keep them in mind!

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72

Pulling this one out again after a while of not drinking it. Actually, my tea strainer was not washed, so I just needed a bagged black tea, and I think this was the only option (apart from Lapsang Souchong, which I am not mentally prepared for this morning), as everything else is loose leaf.

Getting a slightly smokey aroma from this, a bit more than I remember from last time, but it may be because I had this buddy-bagged in the same ziplock as the Lapsang Souchong, so I may have absorbed a bit of that overwhelming aroma. Probably not the best idea looking back, but it didn’t make that much of a difference. The flavour is still nice: assam-like, very smooth and full-bodied. Just what I needed for a pick-me up.

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72

Another sample box I grabbed from Murchie’s the other day. This one also powdered, but had better brewing results than the CBC Radio Blend. First time trying Keemun, so I’m not sure if the quality of the leaves here is going to significantly change my experience of it (as opposed to if I’d have tried it in loose leaf). My first tasting of this tea is positive, however; the flavour profile is malty and delicate, with a slightly smoky flavour in the background. Reminds me a little of assam tea – bold, smooth black tea but a bit more “grungy”.

I also got a lapsang souchong sample from Murchie’s, and oh boy – when I opened that sucker, I was blown away by the heavy smokey/tobacco aroma. I’m a little scared of trying it later today (or tomorrow), but really intrigued. I’ve never encountered a tea like it before.

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57

Have been drinking this one at work so that I can use up the last of my teabags in the sample box. I’ve learned that this tea needs to be steeped to a MAXIMUM of 30 seconds, as anything longer and it will start to go bitter very quickly. So I’ve been steeping it for abour 30 seconds each time, and I think I would be willing to improve by rating of this tea by a little bit. It is still not something I would consider “good”. But my method made it more drinkable. The tea is no longer bitter, and the flavour is in the best balance that I could get it to be without making the tea astringent by steeping it too long.

The aroma is fairly mild but nice, slightly lemony. The flavour of the tea is very basic, almost bland. Black tea is predominant, with a weak mix of other flavours that aren’t even strong enough for me to identify, save maybe for the lemon. Overall, a very basic and bland tea that I will not be buying again.

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