I originally picked up this tea for my mum, who doesn’t live near a loose leaf tea store. She’d picked it out based on the online description. Being curious, I sniffed it before sending it to her, and vowed that I’d never drink it. It was too smoky, too much like BBQ.

Fast forward a few weeks. I stop in at David’s Tea, and ask the staff which tea would make a good latte to go. Their suggestion? Lapsang Souchong Star. Sure, I said, doubting the decision.

Shockingly, it was wonderful! I loved it. The smooth flavor, the smoky but not overpowering taste. In fact I liked it so much, (and surprisingly, my mum didn’t) that I got her to send the tea back to me.

It’s not something I drink every day, more of a special occasion tea. I do find a whole pot of it to be a little overwhelming, and prefer to drink just a mug full at a time.

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My parents have been drinking tea for as long as I can remember, but as a kid I’d opt for something sweeter, like hot chocolate. Eventually, after a family friend gave me a cup of tea with multiple teaspoons of sugar, my tastes changed. Now, I’m a self proclaimed tea addict.


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