Lapsang Souchong (Zengshan Xiaozhong)

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  • “Like many of the reviews I've been reading, I'm torn on this one. I can't tell if I liked it or hated it. With it's piny flavor, it reminds me of the Greek wine Retsina, which I wanted to like but...” Read full tasting note
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Lapsang Souchong is a smoked tea with a distinctive flavor from the mountains of northern Fujian province. The tea leaves are withered and dried over pine wood fires, and become thick, glossy, coral black strips, slightly curled. They produce an infusion that is whiskey-like in appearance with a phenolic aroma and a pungent smoky flavor. This tea is often used in “Russian Caravan” blends. It is drunk with or without sugar and milk. Steep at a water temperature just below boiling.

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Like many of the reviews I’ve been reading, I’m torn on this one. I can’t tell if I liked it or hated it. With it’s piny flavor, it reminds me of the Greek wine Retsina, which I wanted to like but didn’t (I felt like I was betraying the spirit of Dionysus).

I have to be up front that so far I haven’t enjoyed flavored teas, and my taste buds felt offended by my first sip of Lapsang Souchong, but after a while I either got used to or or started to kind of like the flavors assaulting my tongue and my nose as I continued sipping this tea, contemplating a past life as a trader in a Russian caravan trying to stay warm along mountain paths.

The jury is still out on this one, but it’s not yet a big thumbs down for me.

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