I had a sample of a Lapsang from DAVIDs the last time I placed an order with them, and I was intrigued by it. I only got to try one steeping of it, but now that it’s summer I’ve been craving that smoky sort of flavor. Yesterday I picked up Virtuous’ Lapsang, and I was in a British candy store with my sister today, and I decided to get this one as well.
Not a huge fan of bags, although they are terribly convenient, but a friend (English, raised in France) swears by ToH.
I do like this though! It’s my second Lapsang, and it’s been awhile since I had the first. It’s a bit light, but I didn’t measure my steeping time (it was probably only a minute or two). One bag, 16oz TARDIS mug (because hey, it’s British tea, so I’ll use my British mug… right?). I brewed it hot, but then realized just how hot it actually was outside… so added ice cubes in to cool it off.
Light black tea flavor, dark brown liquor, lots of smokiness. Lighter than I’d like, but next time I’ll steep it longer or add another bag. One thing I’m happy about is the utter lack of bitterness. It’s dark, but it’s smooth.