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I recently placed an order with Townshend’s Tea which just arrived yesterday, and this is actually the tea that made me want to place that order. That is unusual only because I don’t think that there’s ever been a time when a Lapsang Souchong tea is what made me want to place an order. I’m just not a fan – typically – of Lapsang Souchong as I don’t like that heavily smoked flavor.
But it was the UNSMOKED that captured my attention, as you probably can guess.
And I LOVE this tea. I love that I can taste the complexity of this tea grown in the same region of the smoked Lapsang Souchong, but without the heavy smoking process to alter the flavors. There are some smoky tones to this, but they are considerably lighter than that heavy pine-smoked flavor and aroma of most Lapsang Souchong teas. This tea has delicious fruit tones – almost plum-like, sweet and luscious! Some floral tones too! It doesn’t have that same caramel-y note in a smoked Lapsang Souchong, but the sweetness from the fruit tones is so pleasant that I don’t find myself wishing this had that caramel note.
I love this. LOVE this!
I recently bought some tea from Townshend’s as a gift, and decided I wanted to get a little something for myself at the same time. This is a blend I hadn’t yet tried so I wanted to check it out.
Because it is a blend with both green and black teas, I opted to brew it using a lower temperature. This resulted in a rather light brew that is somewhat similar to a dark Oolong (which seems to be a trend for today).
I can still taste qualities from each of the teas here, though: the Yunnan has a hint of pepper to it, and a really nice undertone of sweetness. The Assam is rich and malty, although not nearly as rich as it would have been with a higher brew temp. The green tea doesn’t really have a strong flavor, but, it does add a light, sweet hint of flavor and a vague note of flower to the cup.
I’m liking it.
Wooow yuuumm. Thanks Erin for this deliciousness.
Of course, I am an Earl Grey fan, but this creme- earl grey is quite unique. The dry smell reminded me a lot of chocolate, and the creme taste in the brewed tea was like brown butter.. sweet and dark and caramel along with my good ol Earl. Good times.
One of my Portland tea purchases, this is the first one I’ve tried now that I’m home.
Townshend’s Tea Company describes this tea as having a smokey, earthy taste. When a tea is described as smokey, I think of Lapsang Souchong. This in no way resembled a Lapsong Souchong. I tasted nothing smokey about it…
And that’s probably a good thing. As someone who doesn’t seek out smokey flavored teas, I find this (non-smokey) tea very drinkable. It’s hard to describe: it tastes like other teas I’ve had in nice Chinese restaurants. It’s subtle. It goes really well with food. It’s delicious!
Yum! The vanilla is very strong all around—before and after brewing. It smells a lot like a really plump vanilla bean. The black tea is a perfect match for the vanilla flavor. The description says that the black tea is from Sri Lanka, so I assume it’s a Ceylon. I’m used to Assam black teas, and I enjoyed this one thoroughly with a sprinkle of sugar and a dash of milk. It was even tasty on the second brew. I’m looking forward to trying it iced.
Brewed this with hot milk and water, steeped a bit longer than the recommended time.
Another gift from my lovely Secret Santa LiberTEAS! Thanks again. You spoiled me. :)
Imagine you’ve gone skiing for the day. The air is crisp and cold, the snow falls all around you, and by the end of your skiing escapade, you feel like you’ve living in a snow globe, but are completely delighted by winter. You retire to your ski lodge, take off all your wet gear, and get ready to curl up on the sofa in your Irish wool sweater. But, before you do, you start a nice warm, roaring fire in the lodge’s old fireplace to warm yourself and get the feeling back in your cheeks.
This is what this tea tastes like. The smokeiness is lovely and rich, it isn’t stale and ‘ash’-like which is my problem with so many smoky teas. The spices and other flavours in the tea round it out to create a very unique flavour that warms your senses as well as your insides.
Hm, I really enjoyed this one, it’s a lot more subtle than I was expecting, however. Some peach and apricot teas can be almost cloying in the application of fruitiness, but this was perfect for a morning that began too early.
As with many teas, I added a bit of extra tea and time to the process, as I like a strong cup. Taken with a bit of Truvia and skim milk.
I’m beginning to think Townshend’s really can’t do wrong. I’d like to drink more Foxfire teas, but they’re clear across town and I am a lazy sipper.
I went out shopping today looking for something smokey. I keep reading great reviews of smokey teas, and I’ve been enjoying Brioche, which has a slightly burnt flavour. I found a tin of Alberta Street Chai, and a tin of Lapsang Souchong, also by Townshend’s Tea Company.
I used to drink Lapsong Souchong as a child, but that was in England, and maybe we have a more domesticated version there, maybe smokey like an indoor log fire, cozy and safe. I definitely don’t remember it being like these teas!
This Lapsang Souchong is described as “having an aroma and flavor that brings to mind a campfire.” It really does smell of the American outdoors, and this isn’t RV camping, it’s hunters, woodsmen, maybe cowboys. I think this campfire turned into a raging forest fire though. I smell devastation! I haven’t dared taste it yet.
The Alberta Street Chai doesn’t taste like a traditional chai. It tastes like this Lapsang Souchong smells. A fire in the woodshed at the very least. I added some cream and it’s delicious! I’m about to make a second pot.
I may have to have a fireman on standby before I try the other.
Had it with one Truvia and a dash of nonfat milk.
I bought this tea on a whim, not really expecting to love it and was very pleasantly surprised. It smells beautiful and is highly flavorful, although I think a 5-minute steep would have enhanced the flavors.
It literally forced a grin onto my face that hasn’t left yet this morning.