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Gongfu…

Mid afternoon tea break with this super smoky and surprisingly fruity Lapsang Souchong which is probably my favourite Lapsang of the moment. I always think of Lapsang as more like dragon’s breath, but demons work too…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CATN8MQg1FZ/

Also, FYI, I did NOT knock down this detour sign for the photo; I walk by it to get to my “tea stump” in the park & it’s been like this for a few weeks now. I even tried to fix it after the tea session and photos, but the weighted base is completely broken and can’t support it anymore…

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVHQ98Dm-AM

Nattie

LOVE everything about that teaware!

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Gongfu!

I steeped this one up in my yixing yesterday afternoon, and I was just so pleasantly surprised by it. I picked this up initially because I REALLY liked the marketing style of the company (plus they had reached out with a coupon code), and IMO there’s no such thing as too much Lapsang – but I had kind of expected it to be a bit more like a daily drinker/run of the mill Lapsang. This was unique, and different from any other LS that I currently own! This is a medium bodied brew with almost meat-y smoke notes, accented by a surprisingly sharp (but sweet) fruity note, almost like a just underripe cherry!

Definitely looking forward to more awesome sessions with this tea!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9KeRSYAqYq/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDh0uAI_uRM

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Sipping this currently while making super – at this point it’s just stirring a pot occasionally, so gonna try to crack out some tasting notes…

I like this blend a lot; it’s simple in its flavours but the execution is solid. Very cool, crisp peppermint that is soothing – just the right amount of menthol to it and not at all muddy. The black tea adds body and a hint of malt, and the lavender is the cherry on top with just a hint of heady floral to round out the flavours.

This is exactly the kind of smooth, balanced and stress relieving black tea that I need in my life right now.

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It’s a little after Christmas, I know, so maybe a bit strange to have ordered a loosely “Candy Cane” flavoured tea – but I’ve been dying to try some of the teas from Pitch Black North for months now, so when they gave me a discount code at the start of January I had to cave and place an order…

What can I say, the unique marketing angle won me over.

Despite the loosely holiday themed name, the actual ingredients in this tea seemed like both the kind of thing I’d enjoy but also the kind of thing that would actually work year round. Sure enough, when I cracked open the sample bag is just smells like a really nice, really fresh peppermint tea. Steeped up, it’s almost just peppermint – but the black tea is providing some body that I think your standard cup of peppermint would be lacking, and the lavender adds a soft floral aroma that it soothing too. I actually don’t really taste it all that much, though.

It was a good tea, and refreshing/crisp! I was worried the peppermint might lean towards that more muddy/dirty type of peppermint but it’s much more of a crisp and cooling mint. Very clean finish, as well.

I look forward to eventually trying the other tea I picked up, and I’ve already been putting my “Hail Satan Steep Tea” mug to good use!

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