Lapsang Souchong

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Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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TSC06A – This tea produces a reddish hue liquor with a smooth crisp taste and a smoky aroma of pine wood fire.

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This smells like a typical LS probably should but I’m noticing it’s VERY light in color. The taste isn’t bad. Actually the taste seems quite mellow for a LS – at least the others I have tried. Where I find this enjoyable – for those who like extreme LS’s – this might not be strong enough smoky-wise for you…

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OK… I’m being EXTREMELY courageous here (yeah, I keep telling myself that whenever I start thinking that I’m about to drink a Lapsang Souchong tea)

I gave it a rinse (awakening of the leaves) with boiling water for about 10 seconds before I brewed it, I had hoped this would take away some of the smokiness that I find off-putting.

You may be asking why would I brew a tea that I know I won’t like? But here’s the thing, I didn’t like it years ago, around the same time I had convinced myself that I didn’t like Dragon Well tea and a few other things… and since that time my tastes have changed, and how do I know that I still dislike Lapsang Souchong? I may be missing out on something just because I thought I didn’t like it.

So when Enjoying Tea sent me this sample… I figured it was an opportunity for me to try it without having to actually go out and purchase it.

So… after that extraordinarily long introduction… here goes!

The rinse definitely helped. It’s still very smoky (of course) in aroma and taste.

There is a pleasant sweetness to it too… caramel-y. That is something that I don’t think I’ve ever really recognized about a Lapsang Souchong because I couldn’t ever get myself past the smoky part.

It wasn’t a terrible tea experience, but I don’t think that I’ll be buying any Lapsang Souchong any time soon either. I’m not going to rate it numerically, because I feel that would be unfair, because what I really dislike about Lapsang Souchong is that pine-y smoke flavor, and it is a characteristic that is Lapsang Souchong. It is what it is.

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Very Bacon-y. Smoky, peaty and rich. Pretty yummy overall—it’s what I was craving this morning. Good, non-disappointing lapsang.

But somehow, it doesn’t “wow” me?

Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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288 tasting notes

I bought this after reading a novel in which a character drank Lapsang Souchong, so I guess I deserve what I got.

I hated it. Smells like the house is burning. I tried to give it a second chance at work and the smoke was so strong I was afraid someone would pull a fire alarm. People were looking around for the source of the smoke.

I won’t give it a number, since I know there are people who really like the smoke, but caveat emptor.


I could have written this a year ago. In fact I probably did. Now I find good smoke tasty.


I had the same experience Dr Jim and I am in no hurry to try it again, but KS post reminds us that we can grow to love such things. So, who knows.


I think it really depends on the brand, and what farm produced it and how well. No one can argue that while many souchongs may taste iffy or downright bad, there aren’t any brands that are made just wonderfully. Although myself I have only tasted one or two.

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215 tasting notes

2nd steep on these leaves, 10 min this time — probably too long. Still good flavor, although less aroma and a bit of astringency.

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