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Lapsang souchong is one of those teas that’s not for the faint of heart. It must be the Texan in me that desires smoked everything—meat, cheese, salt, spices…

Some describe this style of tea akin to drinking a campfire. And with some poorer versions of the tea, it pretty much is. A good lapsang souchong has a smoky aroma, but a mellow, almost sweet taste and heavy mouthfeel that counters the strong aroma. Sadly, this is not a good lapsang souchong, but it’s adequate. The flavor is a bit bland, so really all you notice is the smoke.

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I love black teas, tolerate green, rarely sip white, and detest rooibos.

I’m currently on an oolong kick.

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