Lapsang Souchong

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Black Tea
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Ash, Campfire, Smoke, Dark Wood, Leather, Meat, Pine, Wood, Fireplace, Smoked
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the Fujian province of China. Lapsang Souchong tea (also called Russian Caravan tea) has a famously smoky aroma and flavor. To create this, tea leaves are dried in bamboo baskets over pine fires, achieving a perfect balance of smoke and tea flavor. The ‘Eroica Caravan’ typically draws strong reactions: you’ll either love it or hate it.

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I had a cup of this for breakfast. This was the strong smoke taste I was looking for. The tea was bold but not overpowering in any way.

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This traditional Lapsang Souchong is made from an Oolong tea — what must be a very good Oolong tea, because its flavor is still distinct and complex despite shining through a veil of smoke. The smokiness is intense, but not quite overwhelming. Think of a campfire made from pine branches. For those who like a real Lapsang Sounchong with a strongly smoky flavor, this tea is very good. But some will prefer a Lapsang Souchong that is not this smoky.

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I love lapsang souchong, and I love Adagio, but I just don’t love their lapsang souchong. Maybe it was a bad batch. I’ll try it again.

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i love this tea. it’s dark, rich and smoky, like drinking incense! i did not get beef jerky or any meaty flavor from it, as some have suggested… i think it really is a love it/hate it sort of thing. i like it plain, or with a bit of milk and brown sugar.

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As they say, “you’ll either love it or hate it.” I pretty much hated it. I will try it again in the cooler autumn months, but until then, I’m staying away from the creosote flavored lapsang souchong.

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