I have been searching for a Lapsang Souchong for a long time. I have tried many but never found one that really works for me because I like the smoke flavor but I don’t want to feel like I am drinking thinned out barbecue sauce and I also want to be able to taste the smoke. I’d almost given up but then I figured that I would give in and try David’s Tea’s Lapsang.
I think this may become my go to Lapsang Souchong. It’s a midpoint between steeped smoky death and just barely smoky. The smoke was pleasant and not at all artificial tasting. The tea also didn’t have that astringent, bitter taste that the other brands I tried had. It tasted like Johnny Walker Double Black which is just about the best thing in the world. I think this may just be my favorite straight black tea.
My only issue with this tea is I was unsure how to drink it. I usually drink my tea with a touch of sugar but that didn’t seem right with this one. I did add a bit of lemon zest to the tea after I brewed it. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about the lemon. Any ideas?