Sloe Gin Lapsang

Tea type
Black Fruit Blend
Ingredients
Ceylon Black Tea, Elderberries, Ginger, Lapsang Souchong, Natural Flavours
Flavors
Earth, Elderberry, Ginger, Jam, Pine, Round, Smoke, Smooth, Tangy, Wood, Berry, Tart, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
High
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 336 ml

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  • “As I was thinking about how to describe this while having a cup over breakfast, I read through the notes and realized Cameron B. painted Sloe Gin Lapsang better than I could. My experience...” Read full tasting note
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  • “From the Bird & Blend October subscription box. I admit, I find myself not loving smoky teas lately, and I also didn’t really enjoy the other Lapsang blend from this month. But I love...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I had to search what Sloe Gin is. That spirit sounds interesting and i would like to try it. To the tea… be cautious; aroma is very pungent; not sure if it is elderberries; but probably yes :) and...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “This tea has turned in an odd way. Both the dry leaf and the brewed tea are smelling a bit…footy? Like a berry foot. My cat jumped on the table as I was brewing this and I actually asked her why...” Read full tasting note
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From Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Sweet winter sloes with a hint of fireside smoke

A classic smoked lapsang with a winter berry twist, perfect for enjoying during an evening spent by the fireside. A must-try for any Smoky Russian lovers!

Top Brewing Tips: This blend is great hot or you can try with a dash of sloe gin or your favourite spirit!

Ingredients
Sri Lankan black tea, Chinese lapsang souchong black tea, elderberries, ginger, natural flavouring.

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6 Tasting Notes

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As I was thinking about how to describe this while having a cup over breakfast, I read through the notes and realized Cameron B. painted Sloe Gin Lapsang better than I could. My experience mirrors theirs so why be redundant?

https://steepster.com/CameronB/posts/410015

It doesn’t taste like gin per se but there’s an element to it that does call gin to mind. I’ve never had sloe gin, let alone sloe syrup; I wonder if the elderberries serve as a decent stand-in. Very good savory-smokey-berry blend that you’d be foolish not to steep a second time.

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity, Martin!

Flavors: Earth, Elderberry, Ginger, Jam, Pine, Round, Smoke, Smooth, Tangy, Wood

Cameron B.

Awww you’re so sweet! (blush)

Martin Bednář

You are welcome and I am glad you liked it!

White Antlers

Sloe berries and elderberry aren’t interchangeable.

White Antlers

In the U.S., some companies use beach plums as a sloe berry substitute.

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From the Bird & Blend October subscription box.

I admit, I find myself not loving smoky teas lately, and I also didn’t really enjoy the other Lapsang blend from this month. But I love elderberry, and gin is one of my favorite spirits, so this sounded very interesting to me. I had never heard of sloe gin before (which I suppose makes sense given it’s a British thing), but now I definitely need to try it! I love the taste of gin and the added plummy notes sound amazing.

Hmm, I actually quite like this one! The smoke is light and very pleasant, with a soft savory yet earthy flavor. The ginger goes very well here, and it is also well-balanced and doesn’t overpower the other flavors. I taste the elderberry in two ways – as a light tartness that lingers at the back of my palate throughout the sip, and also as a dark syrupy berry note that’s quite subtle and supports the other flavors well. I’m also getting a bit of pine, especially at the end of the sip, which really does remind me perfectly of the juniper in gin. Not sure if that’s an added flavor here, or just coming from the Lapsang, but it’s yummy.

Gin? Check. Elderberry? Check. Going on the wishlist? Check! :D

Flavors: Berry, Earth, Ginger, Jam, Pine, Smoke, Smooth, Tart, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Martin Bednář

I know lots of about alcohol, but this is first time I saw something about sloe gin and want to try it since then as well!

Cameron B.

I know, it sounds so good! I definitely need to look for it at the liquor store… :D

White Antlers

Someone posted about sloe gin a few months ago-tea related. Sloe gin fizzes are wonderful, refreshing and highly intoxicating. My first hangover (and dear heavens it was horrendous) as a young teen was after drinking a lot of sloe gin fizzes. You can also drink it straight. In the U.K., it was considered ‘poor man’s port.’ Sloe berries are used to make it in Europe. In the U.S.A., beach plums are generally substituted. Since you are basically drinking flavored gin, it packs a punch. A good sloe gin has a scent of almonds and sometimes cinnamon sticks are added during distilling. And Cameron B. gin is often floavored with juniper so I bet that is exactly what you are tasting as the pine note.

derk

Sloe gin fizz is definitely a drink I want to try. I’d sip this tea, too.

Martin Bednář

Don’t tell that twice derk, or I will include it to your, new, envelope :)

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I had to search what Sloe Gin is. That spirit sounds interesting and i would like to try it.

To the tea… be cautious; aroma is very pungent; not sure if it is elderberries; but probably yes :) and it smells after gin (actually rather the base — drupes). But it’s so strong!

While brewed, it is still very aromatic. Even my father noticed it and he said: “What the … are you drinking again?” Hihi. I told him and well, he was surprised.

I took one heaped tea spoon and second was quite empty, as I was afraid it won’t be too tasty. How wrong I was after three minutes steep! It is with nice base, some sweetness and although no actual gin (not sloe gin, as I have no idea) notes, there were some drupe notes I think… Smoky in the finish and back of tongue.

Not a tea which I will look for every day, but certainly an interesting blend worth trying and I think I will finish it without problems when looking for something bold and flavourful.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Martin, this brought back memories! The first hangover I ever had when I was a young teen was after many many sloe gin fizzes. Gawd-I was so sick! Bottled sloe gin has a slight aroma of almonds that comes from steeping the fruit’s stones as part of the mixture. It’s a delicious drink-and lethal (or so it felt the next day) in large doses.

Martin Bednář

I am glad it wasn’t really lethal for you White Antlers, but I can imagine it. Maybe it was bit almondy in taste; but certainly not overpowering :)

teaqueen

The worst hangover I ever had was from gin as well. This tea sounds like an interesting idea though! Gin flavorings with smoky lapsang actually sounds delightful, and no hangovers involved…

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This tea has turned in an odd way. Both the dry leaf and the brewed tea are smelling a bit…footy? Like a berry foot. My cat jumped on the table as I was brewing this and I actually asked her why she smelled so bad…and then I realized it was the tea (yes, I did apologize to my cat). It still tastes decent, but the smell is so off.

Mastress Alita

Flatulent cat, or bad tea? Hmm…

I remember making this one grapefruit/citrus fruit tea sampler that, to me, smelled dead on for sticky feet. I could not with that tea.

amandastory516

shudder stinky citrus foot tea doesn’t sound good.

Cameron B.

ROFL “like a berry foot”. I literally died.

Mastress Alita

“Berry foot” makes me think of those bare-footed wine pressers that stomp the grapes in the vats!

Cameron B.

Well now we know what happened, Lucy came in and stomped all over your tea!

amandastory516

The stinky tea mystery has been solved!

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