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Still hurts my brain thinking about it…

I am a huge fan of Single Malt Whiskeys to the fact its what I drink when I am not drinking tea. So immediately after smelling this tea I knew I had to try it and to be honest I do not know where I sit with it. This is a very basic tea as it is not really ‘flavored’ even though it has the smokey taste to it, as everyone knows this is a byproduct of the drying method for Lapsang Souchong.

Dry the leaves are your typical black Chinese tea leaves, nothing out of the ordinary. One whiff of the tea and you will have flashbacks to times you have gone camping or childhood memories if you grew up in a house heated by a wood stove. This tea has a complex peaty smoke aroma to it that is just awesome, I honestly walked around the DT store smelling this tea while browsing stuff, yes I am aware I need help!

The moment you steep the tea it really cuts back on the smokey aroma but it is still present. The brew is a very dark tea, almost black from what I could tell, sadly I was too lazy to wash my clear mug when I brewed this one. It has a similar complex peaty taste as one would expect from whiskey but seeing as it is a water based drink of a alcohol based drink it is missing all the other components of whiskey that a true connoisseur would be looking for. It was a good tea, but I am highly undecided on it, simply because as a whiskey drinker my taste buds go “Hey it’s whiskey” then my brain goes “Shut up stupids is just Lapsang Souchong” Before I totally dismiss this tea I will try it mixed with some of my Oh Canada, as it apparently makes a maple bacon flavored tea.

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TheTeaFairy

Oh, I this one left me so unsure… too heavy on the smoke! But it does smell really good, I like the idea of mixing it with Oh Canada, I might just try that tonight!

ne14t

Yeah I am still a little unsure, straight it was almost like drinking a heavily watered down whiskey. Mixing it with Oh Canada came from the DT girls, and apparently its a common mix. I have also read that this one does well as a ‘London Fog’ style drink.

Angrboda

My father is a whisky enthusiast too. Husband to a slightly lesser degree, meaning that Husband has a little more self-control when it comes to collecting than my father does. ;) Anyway, this is the one type I really wish I could get my father to taste just one sip of. Just one small sip. Unfortunately he doesn’t like tea at all, even the smell of it makes me go blech, so I’ll likely never achieve it. Pity, but more for me, then. (I won’t even consider trying to force him. I feel the same way about most alcoholic beverages that he does about tea and I wouldn’t like the turnabout)

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TheTeaFairy

Oh, I this one left me so unsure… too heavy on the smoke! But it does smell really good, I like the idea of mixing it with Oh Canada, I might just try that tonight!

ne14t

Yeah I am still a little unsure, straight it was almost like drinking a heavily watered down whiskey. Mixing it with Oh Canada came from the DT girls, and apparently its a common mix. I have also read that this one does well as a ‘London Fog’ style drink.

Angrboda

My father is a whisky enthusiast too. Husband to a slightly lesser degree, meaning that Husband has a little more self-control when it comes to collecting than my father does. ;) Anyway, this is the one type I really wish I could get my father to taste just one sip of. Just one small sip. Unfortunately he doesn’t like tea at all, even the smell of it makes me go blech, so I’ll likely never achieve it. Pity, but more for me, then. (I won’t even consider trying to force him. I feel the same way about most alcoholic beverages that he does about tea and I wouldn’t like the turnabout)

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

I will attempt to taste and comment on each and every blend offered from DAVIDsTEA and of course anything else that comes across my path.

I only drink tea brewed from loose leaf tea, and tend to sweeten my teas with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar per 8oz of tea and consider a cup either 12oz or 16oz depending on what mug I want to use.

I generally do not put milk in my tea’s; however sometimes I may make a ‘London Fog’ style drink or add milk to herbal infusions to add a bit more creaminess to it.

And I generally enjoy drink a nice hot tea while relaxing listening to some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

I am quite liberal with my Tea ratings, I take the smiley face to heart for judging. If I really like it then it will score a high grade regardless of the brand or if I can keep it in my cupboard or not. But to break it down further a bit more check this out:

0-10 – Wouldn’t drink it if I was dying.
10-20 – Are you sure this didn’t come out of a bag?
20-50 – There is hope for this tea…somewhere but not here
50-60 – Drinkable, but not stockable
60-70 – Ok, were onto something here!
70-80 – Wow you gotta try this
80+ I freaking love it, where can I buy it?

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