Since the winter is coming, again, one needs to stock up the goods in order to manage their everyday lives during the dark and cold months, which sometimes tend to make people wonder the motives of our ancestors who were curious/brave/simply too stupid and stubborn enough for not asking directions and ending here.
One way of staying sane when everything is pitch black after four p.m. is to have something hot and delicious to drink, and this tea is, in my opinion, one of the best for that. In comparison to, say, Fortnum and Mason’s Lapsang this one does have richer and fuller flavour, which also gives time to actually taste more than just the smokiness this tea is known for. It’s not overwhelming the subtle sweetness it has in both the smell of the leaves themselves and the brewed taste, not to mention the after taste which lingers nicely on the tongue, offering time to sit back and enjoy every sip in peace.
For a member of finnish tar culture this Lapsang offers very pleasing subtle tarry undertone, and it’s always fun to compare this to the Tarry Lapsang for its’ much stronger tarry flavor which usually associates with the scent of wooden boats and smoke sauna. With the basic Lapsang the wood in the flavour is given more dimensions than just the tar or smoke, it’s also very contradictional, as having a very simple and roughly designed wooden chair that has slowly been worn to have a beautiful patina on its’ smooth surface. Or a very nice wooden sauna one enjoys just when the lights go out because of the heavy snowing.
As for the flavour character this tea tends to fall into the category of ‘winter’, as the smoky, tarry, strong and full characteristics are something that may not suite the taste one has during summer, when more subtle and lighter tea types are preferred.
All in all Lapsang Souchong is worth tasting and enjoying with all the senses, a tea which compliments others by its’ delightful character, as well gives a very nice twist when mixed with other teas when one needs to use all that’s left before getting the shelves filled up again.
And makes the cold and wet time of the year just a tad bit warmer.