drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
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as it turns out, i don’t like Lapsang Souchongs. i thought this one might be better, considering the source, but i think it’s just me. do not like. but then, i don’t really like smokey flavored anything, really. except beef. and pork ribs. but smoke where it doesn’t belong? ew.

ON EDIT: 2nd steeping was a tiny bit milder on the flavor i’m not enjoying, but only a tiny bit. i must say, this is an incredibly smooth tea, considering, and lush and deep and full, but that smoked quality just. ugh. can’t get over it. no third steeping for me!

brewed as per directions on Steepster Select packet, April 2014 mailing.

Jilly Beane

I’m with you. I tried to have an open mind, but my mouth didn’t cooperate.

LiberTEAS

I highly recommend doing a ‘quick rinse’ of the leaves of a strongly smoked tea like Lapsang Souchong. I pour the hot water over the leaves for 15 seconds (well, with this tea I did 20 seconds, but that’s because I seemed to forget what I was doing in that 15 seconds. My brain isn’t functioning yet.) Anyway … a quick rinse of the leaves, 15 seconds in the hot water, and then pour it off and then steep it for the 3 minutes or however long you might steep it. It will still be smoky, but it won’t be as overpowering.

Jilly Beane

I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the tip!

LiberTEAS

After re-reading the suggestion, I didn’t want to mislead … the “hot water” that I use to rinse is boiling. I bring the water to a boil, perform a rinse, and then strain off the liquid, then brew as I normally would.

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Jilly Beane

I’m with you. I tried to have an open mind, but my mouth didn’t cooperate.

LiberTEAS

I highly recommend doing a ‘quick rinse’ of the leaves of a strongly smoked tea like Lapsang Souchong. I pour the hot water over the leaves for 15 seconds (well, with this tea I did 20 seconds, but that’s because I seemed to forget what I was doing in that 15 seconds. My brain isn’t functioning yet.) Anyway … a quick rinse of the leaves, 15 seconds in the hot water, and then pour it off and then steep it for the 3 minutes or however long you might steep it. It will still be smoky, but it won’t be as overpowering.

Jilly Beane

I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the tip!

LiberTEAS

After re-reading the suggestion, I didn’t want to mislead … the “hot water” that I use to rinse is boiling. I bring the water to a boil, perform a rinse, and then strain off the liquid, then brew as I normally would.

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