Lapsang Souchong

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Lapsang Souchong, a smoky tea that originated in the Chinese province of Fujian. Lapsang is the oldest black tea known. What gives this special tea it’s smokiness is simple, it is dried and smoked over burning pine needles. Strong and smoky, much like a campfire this tea also has a subtle sweetness to it. Very good with or without sweetner. This tea however, is not for the delicate tea drinker, very strong and intense in flavor.

Ingredients: black tea dried & smoked over pinewood needles

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I don’t know if I necessarily enjoy drinking smoked pinewood tea. I mean its okay. I can see why people would enjoy it.. I can also see why people use it with steak marinades.. Idk.. I’m trying to like this.. I don’t think I do though. And I don’t think I’ll make a mission of it like pu`erh to like it because that I understood why people like it more. This.. meh.. idk.. not a fan. Rating based on User preference not in comparison to other lapsangs

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While I am very glad I got to try a LS….simply due to it being a classic tea, I did not fall in love with it either. I might try it in BBQ some day.


Prior to deciding which teas I will limit myself to reviewing; I did try all sorts of teas:black, oolong, green, white, pu-erh’s etc.; I did not get to try Lapsang Souchong because I knew it would be too strong for my palate, unless dousing it with milk and sugar. I don’t do that. It is a good tea for boiling eggs with and leeks and such; and those favoring that darken rice with mushroom flavor might try using the tea as base for boiling the rice.
No one is asking; only a suggestion.

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this is a really nice lapsang. really exactly a lapsang. melodious in it’s sweet tones and brooding moodiness.
related side note; i’m a fan of lapsang blends, and if you haven’t tried many and you are adventurous i highly recommend them.
i know they aren’t for everyone, but they make my tea drinking life much brighter.

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My first thought when I opened this bag of tea was just one word: Barbecue!! It seriously smells like southern BBQ ribs. I think I was expecting more of a woody sweet smell rather than a smoked meat smell, so it was surprising and powerful. Maybe a little too powerful. I don’t think I really enjoyed drinking this tea. The smokiness was just overwhelming. I enjoyed the aftertaste which was muchmore subtle- woodsy and a little sweet, but I don’t think I’ll have this tea again. The taste is a bit too powerful for me.

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Disclaimer: I’ve ever had Lapsang Souchong before, so this review is not relative to other brands. That said, I LOVE smokey-flavored things. (And as a strict vegetarian, they’re not easy to get!) My all time favorite beer is Rauchbier Marzen (amazing), and I’ve yet to meet a smoked porter that I didn’t like. (Sidenote: You have to try Leaning Chimney by my local brewery, Grey Sail, if you’re a fan of smokey porters.) So I have high hopes for a smokey tea.

Okay, so first impression: When I opened the packet, I was expecting a smell like campfire smoke. Instead, I was reminded of the smell of leather tack. When I was younger, I did a lot of horseback riding. This tea perfectly mirrors the smell I got every time I walked into the tack room. Ah, memories.

Steeped, the aroma mellows out more. Still smells like leather to me, but it’s softer and more muted. I’m also picking up a little bit more of a woody scent.

This tastes like leather to me. Not like a smokey, leathery scotch taste, but more like straight-up leather with a slight aftertaste of smoke. If I can take a sip without inhaling the smell, I get more of the smoke taste, so I think it might just be that the scent is overwhelming my senses on the leather front.

Truthfully, it’s a little bit disappointing as I was hoping for the tea equivalent of a rauchbier. I’m not going to rate this one until I’ve had other Lapsangs to compare it to.

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