Everyone needs to try this tea. (It reminds me a little of smoked fish.)
Winter always seems to make me crave black tea.
This tea seems hard to over-brew (or whatever the technical term is), probably because the smokey flavor is so strong.
Wow! I now know why they say you will either like this tea or you will not. BIG smoky flavor! So smoky that you will not taste the tea in the first infusion. Oh, but the second, third, and fourth infusions are great !!! After the fourth infusion, you really don’t get much out of it. I began by brewing this 3 minutes at 185°, which is not as recommended. The recommended temp is 212°, which is fine if you like astringent tea. I do not like astringency, so I cut the temp to about 195° and that seemed to be perfect for me. I would suggest that if you try this tea and you do not mind the taste, but just find it to be too overwhelming, toss your first steep and try it at the second or third steep.
I made a big pot of this tea this morning. I just noticed that there was still 16 oz left! Of course it is no longer warm, so I put some honey and ice in it. It is excellent as an Ice Tea ! Once again, I brewed this tea at 1/2 tsp per 8 ozs of water. Yummmmmmmm !!
Drinking Lapsang Souchong while snacking on pretzel sticks dipped in Jack Daniels Horseradish Mustard. I am a flavor hound, big flavor! This time I steeped the tea in my large cup (16-20 oz?) with only one teaspoon of tea. The flavor was quite pleasant !! Not as overwhelming as before.