Lapsang Souchong Crocodile

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Smoked
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Edit tea info Last updated by ashmanra
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 16 oz / 473 ml

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  • “This is one of the teas I received for Christmas from my eldest daughter. She must have heard us throwing around the words Lapsang Souchong back when her youngest sibling was having withdrawals...” Read full tasting note
    ashmanra 2015 tasting notes
  • “Dammann Freres does great floral teas for sure.. but as for smoked, I don’t think they do it well at all. This was kind of rough for me to get through which was surprising because the Lapsang...” Read full tasting note
    Proust614 475 tasting notes
  • “The ‘Crocodile’ in the name of this tea is certainly intimidating; I picture it snapping at you when you take a sip. Almost like getting whiplash from the intense smoke I suspect...” Read full tasting note
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    roswellstrange 2907 tasting notes
  • “This tea is good with a very strong smoky flavor, so strong I had to add creamer. I don’t as a rule add cream to teas with the exception of strong Lapsang Souchong. This is a tasty and...” Read full tasting note
    AllanK 701 tasting notes

From Dammann Freres

Black smoked tea from Formosa
More smoky than tea from China, a great smoked tea from the Island of Formosa, worth discovering. Brewing time : 3 to 5 minutes
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5 Tasting Notes

2015 tasting notes

This is one of the teas I received for Christmas from my eldest daughter. She must have heard us throwing around the words Lapsang Souchong back when her youngest sibling was having withdrawals from it when we briefly ran out and the Steepster community pitched in and sent her lots of samples so she could choose a favorite to order!

Well, with “Crocodile” in the name, I was a leetle bit scared! I looked it up to see if there was some special reason for the name and the only explanation I found was that Crocodile usually comes from Taiwan instead of China, is the most heavily smoked, and that explorers and adventurers found it tasty. I guess they must be the sort of people most likely to run into a crocodile?

I never considered myself an explorer or an adventurer but I guess would fit right in with them because this is great stuff! I do not find it significantly smokier than Black Dragon. The tea base is nice, the tea overall is smooth, and there is a fresh, clean taste.

The smoke is…tarry? There are a couple of teas that I will drink but truthfully they smell like ashtray to me. Not this one. This smells like you have been grilling food that is marinated with a sweet sauce, like ham glaze and brown sugar, and part of it got overdone. This is that blackened edge – a little crispy but oh so good and still sweet to the taste, with chargrilled flavor mixed with the blackened, thick sugar sauce.

Doulton would love this. I miss her! Hey, maybe Hesper June should try it!

LiberTEAS

I miss her too. I think about her often, and hope all is well with her.

Vortegne

Sounds amazing, really like something I’d love very much

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475 tasting notes

Dammann Freres does great floral teas for sure.. but as for smoked, I don’t think they do it well at all.

This was kind of rough for me to get through which was surprising because the Lapsang Souchong I had in Japan made me smile with every sip (different company though)

I have so much of this too ____

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2907 tasting notes

The ‘Crocodile’ in the name of this tea is certainly intimidating; I picture it snapping at you when you take a sip. Almost like getting whiplash from the intense smoke I suspect I’ll be tasting. The smell of the dry leaf certainly seems to support my theory; however some very quick research seems to indicate the name comes more from the fact this is a Formosa Lapsang Souchong, and less because it’s gonna bite me.

This is actually really good though it’s a little less naturally sweet than some of the other Lapsang Souchong blends I’ve been enjoying lately. It’s got a very brisk black base, and the smoky notes are indeed biting, but in a way that stimulates taste rather than assaults it. Maybe it’s because it’s summer and finally BBQ season but I’m picking up flavor notes that resemble the smell of burning hamburgers on a grill. The finish reminds me a little bit of molasses or those ‘tar candies’ that are sometimes given out around Halloween.

I enjoyed this one best when it was lukewarm; but the entire cuppa was pleasant. I don’t think I could call it any better or worse than another Lapsang Souchong though. It’s certainly very smoky; so if you like your Lapsang light I’d veer away from this blend.

ashmanra

One of our favorite lapsangs! My youngest daughter loves it. I think I read that it was called crocodile because it was loved by rugged men on safari or some such thing. LOL

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701 tasting notes

This tea is good with a very strong smoky flavor, so strong I had to add creamer. I don’t as a rule add cream to teas with the exception of strong Lapsang Souchong. This is a tasty and enjoyable tea. It is rapidly waking me up.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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