5 Tasting Notes
Wow, the liquor is very dark. It’s VERY earthy, almost taste lightly bitter but not so. It’s on the verge. Perhaps I put too much tea in this pot (3 discs for 4 cups of tea). I did also brew it for the max recommended, which is 7 minutes.
If you like a strong Pu-Ehr, you’ll most likely enjoy this.
I much prefer Tie Guan Ying Special Grade (Z088S). They are both floral, but the Z088S feels and taste richer towards the end. But I think they are close.
This TGY really surprised me. My first taste had me take a second look at the liquor. It taste and smells rich (almost fatty in a good way). I thought it tasted as if I had added coconut milk to it! Loving it!
This tea is smooth but smoky. This is the very first Lapsang Souchong I’ve ever had and boy was I surprised (in a good way). The smokiness is strong enough that I’d love to cook with it. It’s certainly not for everyone, but I did like it. I wondered whether it is good to be ingesting this… hah!
Be prepared for your teaware to smell like smoke. I made the mistake of brewing this on my Breville Tea Maker and it was difficult to get the smell out. I’d brew this on a separate glass teaware. A good wash immediately and and letting it air overnight did help tremendously. A couple pot of other black tea did finally diminished the smell enough to not be noticed.
I’m a novice tea drinker, and I got this tea because it was on sale at UptonTea… partly also because of the name. My family actually practice ChingMing, so I was curious. Boy, do I love the tea. It’s so fragrant and sweet tasting, light and soothing. I brewed it on my Breville Tea Maker following UptonTea’s suggested temperature and time.
It tasted as if I have added milk to the tea without actually doing so. Loving it so much. It is however expensive, but well worth it!