My favorite by far. Friend once described it as a “Campfire in a cup”, that is the best description I can think of. I can’t live without 2 or 3 cups of this tea a day.
“Nothing to see here, move along, move along. Nothing new. But this, while not being anything extraordinary, just really is my cup of tea, I just keep reaching for it. When flavoured teas (even grey...” Read full tasting note
“You guys are such prolific writers (and tea drinkers) I’m having trouble keeping up! Anyway, I keep hearing about Lapsang Souchong but have never tried it myself, so when I saw a box of these...” Read full tasting note
“As a longtime fan of Lapsang Souchong, I know that people either love it or hate it. For those who’ve never had it before and are interested in trying it, Twinings provides a budget-friendly...” Read full tasting note
“Smoky and astringent. I felt my sinuses opening just smelling the stuff after I’d brewed it. I may have to try it again to give a full opinion, but this was one of the few times where...” Read full tasting note
A strong, golden tea with a very distinctive smoked character.
Lapsang Souchong tea comes from China’s Fujian Province and Taiwan. The unique flavour of Lapsang Souchong is produced by lying the leaves out on bamboo trays and allowing smoke from pinewood to permeate through them. Twinings Lapsang Souchong is an adventurous tea with a unique smoke flavour and a dark rich colour. Drink with or without milk.
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Firstly I’ll admit to buying this tea mainly for the aroma. It was one of those I’d yet to notice in the tea store, let alone taste. A very complicated and aromatic tea; one might say its a more subtler scent of burning leaves. The taste is decent but I’ve yet to find an optimal steeping time. The quality was good, as one will usually find with Twinings.
A lot more mellow than other Lapsangs I’ve had, but not bad at all. Its assam-like first taste is appreciated, as is the rich smokiness that neither overwhelms nor disappoints. Vaguely sweet, caramel finish leaves a warm aftertaste that lingers long after the cup is empty.
One of the first teas I had ever tasted. Still one of my favorites. The smoky aroma when you open the lid is unbelievable, its definitely one of those “taste preference” types of things which is why I believe this tea has gotten bad reviews. Its definitely not the best quality, I have tried several others since, but I keep coming back to this one. Its definitely more smoky and a cup is so calming and relaxing. Try it with and without milk.
I was immediately hit by the smoky aroma, but further investigation also reveals a peachy smell too. Taste wise it is unlike anything else, without milk it’s quite fruity, with milk, it’s a smooth, smoky liquor. However it isn’t long before the smoky aftertaste hits, and that is where this love/hate thing comes in. For me, I did not enjoy the smokyness, others love it and I can understand the appeal, especially during the colder winter months or following a big meal. For me however, I wasn’t a fan, but will rate this on tea quality and the tasting experience, not just on personal preference, so I conclude with the thought that every tea drinker must try this at least once, it truly is unlike anything else, I’ve tasted before.
Lapsang Souchong is my favorite kind of tea, hands down; I’ve loved it since my dad tried to scare me with it when I was a kid (“IT’S TOO STRONG FOR YOU, I GUARANTEE IT”) and I forced myself to get a taste for it out of sheer determination. I have the Twinings tea bags, not the loose leaf, and I was really pleasantly surprised! I’ve never had bagged Lapsang before, but I really enjoy this. It’s a bit mellower than what I’m used to, but the distinctive smoky flavor is still present, and very smooth and enjoyable. I like my Lapsang stronger than most, but if I wanted to introduce someone to this awesome tea without scaring them off (as my dad tried to do to me), this would be the perfect tea with which to do that.