I don’t drink this often but I was looking for something different. The smell still gets me…ek! And I wouldn’t say it’s GOOD but I’ve had worse. The smell really stands in the way.
Lapsang Souchong is smoke-dried over pinewood fires which gives it a very complex and full-bodied flavor. The experience is strikingly similar to smoking a quality pipe tobacco, both the aroma and taste. It begins on a spicy (peppery) note, moves to a honey-like sweetness and finishes with smoky undertones. This is by far the best tea I have had. If you like strong flavors, I highly recommend it.
My lower rating reflects that I just couldn’t get into this one. It smelled like a wet forest fire in my cup—so much so my hubby thought something had burned in the kitchen. I realize it’s SUPPOSED to be that way, and it is deep and….interesting. I don’t think I have the chops or gravitas to enjoy this one properly. My experience with the other Numi teas has been mixed.