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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “i think that’s 3 for 3 on this tea. Not good. Christina saved this for me to try. it’s like…it’s flat. or something. the very very very start of the sip is chocolatey and gets your hope up, and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “So, I was about to start writing this, then glanced down to see what Ubacat’s review was going to be like, since she sent me this in a swap. She didn’t like it. In fact, she positively hated it....” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea was horrible. Over smoked and even though I could smell chocolate in the dry leaf I couldn’t pick it up in the brewed. I did a second brewing just to see if the chocolate notes would...” Read full tasting note
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From Dragon Tea House

This production lot was grown at high elevation in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province. It was not blended with lesser teas from other regions as is the custom. These plants are older and more care is taken with the smoking process. This results in a tea that is far more subtle and refined than most. Some call this the origin of red tea, or black as it’s known in the west. The leaves are first withered over fire and rolled, then lightly smoked in bamboo trays over a wood fire.

The flavor is very assertive and appeals to those looking for a bold cup of tea. In recent years, Lapsang-Souchong has begun to grow in popularity and has become the favorite tea of many who also appreciate single-malt Scotch whisky and fine cigars. It was once known as a man’s tea but more and more women are drinking it as well. You may also wish to try adding a pinch of Lapsang-Souchong to a cup of English Breakfast blend to add a whole new layer of flavor notes to savor.

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i think that’s 3 for 3 on this tea. Not good. Christina saved this for me to try. it’s like…it’s flat. or something. the very very very start of the sip is chocolatey and gets your hope up, and then everything else that this tea brings is like a giant slap in the face, it’s so bad. like ick. the contradiction of that potential followed by awful disappointment is just no.

Ubacat

I never had a straight tea that was this bad. It was supposed to be fresh tea too.

Sil

yeah. it was…bad

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So, I was about to start writing this, then glanced down to see what Ubacat’s review was going to be like, since she sent me this in a swap.

She didn’t like it. In fact, she positively hated it. That makes me feel a bit better, because when I had this tea this morning, I was unimpressed by it, even though I had 2 steeps. (ETA: Ubacat wrote her review just 7 hours ago! Imagine us having the same tea for the first time on the same day! Uba, we have such synchronicity!)

This is smoky, but it’s a very straightforward, bleh sort of smoke. Not nuanced or subtle. I detected notes of camphor in the brew, too, but otherwise it was a really dry and woody flavour.

Perhaps I’m spoiled because the first Lapsang Souchong tea I ever tried was Teavivre’s blend, and that’s still my favourite. Tell me, folks: did I ruin myself for all other LS teas by trying the Teavivre one first?

Sil expressed some interest in this, so I’m saving the rest to give her at the Toronto Tea Festival next week.

ashmanra

My favorite Lapsang ever was probably Lapsang Crocodile from Dammann Freres with their regular LS being second. Then I suppose Black Dragon from Upton for the third favorite? No, Teavivre for the third. Or Zen Tea. We like Lapsang, LOL, it is our winter go to tea.

Ubacat

Christina, I had just gotten that tea in fairly new and hadn’t tried it out yet. I wouldn’t have put it in if I had tried it first! I’ve gotten a lot of nice teas from some Aliexpress sellers but this was a new seller for me. At least you got to try it out. ;-)

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This tea was horrible. Over smoked and even though I could smell chocolate in the dry leaf I couldn’t pick it up in the brewed. I did a second brewing just to see if the chocolate notes would come out more and the smoked taste would die down. The smoked taste was lighter but still no chocolate.

I threw both cups out. I got plenty of tea in my cupboard without wasting time on a tea I don’t like.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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