I have a major weakness for lapsang souchong. And the Twinings one, while maybe arguably not the best I ever had, is a rather canonical LS, and a comfort tea for me. Yes, it is smoky, but from somebody who hates cigarette smoke, it´s a very different type of smoke.

From experience, I do not think this is too high in caffeine.

From experience as well, and I know this is so heretical, i think I prefer the Twinings tea bags for this over the loose leaf. Perhaps I undermeasure, or the loose leaf has aged too much, or the contents of the british-market teabags are better than the continental tin caddy, but this is one of those instances I think the teabags (the black british no-string teabags) do taste more and better than the loose leaf.

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season. Experimenting with cold steeping, for summer.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am exploring.

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres and Thé-o-Dor.

I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.



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