Lapsang Souchong Smoky #1

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From Grace Tea Company

This black tea is world famous for its unique smoky flavor. Exotic woods are used in the old method of hand-firing summer leaves to impart an unusual yet divine taste. So carefully is this done that the finesse of the tea is preserved. Our unique Lapsang Souchong Smoky #1 blend combines this sublime smoky tea with a portion of Ceylon teas to produce an outstanding cup. This is not a tea for those with conventional tastes, but for those who wish to embark on a unique experience.

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Not long ago, Hesper June offered to send me a sample of this tea. She asked only a bit of Baker Street in return. But when my tea came, it was a WHOLE BOX of tea in the cutest little tins! There are all sorts of smoky teas in it!

Grace Rare Tea is one of the first fine loose teas I bought. I had never heard of the company but my youngest daughter is named Grace and she loved tea the most at the time, so I bought it on a lark for her. I have since purchased almost every tea they make because the quality is so high.

Looking at this tea, it is hard to believe that I am looking at a Lapsang. Sometimes, lesser teas get chosen for heavy flavoring, but not in the case of GRT. The base looks great, and the aroma isn’t plain smoke. There is more to it. There is a sweet and fruity aspect as well.

Sipping, the taste of the base holds up to my expectations. It is smooth and sweet, medium bodied. The smoke is a surprise, though. There was a strong smoke aroma to the dry leaf but it is much lighter in the cup. Wen you sip, it gets really interesting. The smoke is subtle and then it blooms from your throat to your mouth.

This is definitely going to be added to the cupboard. Hesper sent so much that I don’t need to rush to Durham to buy it, though! Thank you, Hesper June!

Hesper June

You are welcome:)
So glad you are enjoying it!

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I am warming up nicely to Lapsang Souchong.
I especially like this one by Grace Tea.
Their teas always smell so fresh and are some of the better quality tea I have ever had.
The smoke odor in both the leaf and in the tea is not light or puny, it is still very much a LS.
It is not harsh or rough though.
It very much tastes and smells like a tea that a fine gentleman (or lady) would like.
The hubster likes it but it still is not rough enough for him.
I think at some point I will take some burned pine needles from a campfire and some black tea and just brew it up, ash and dirt and all for him.
That just might be rough enough for him.
But, for me, this LS is lovely.
Since I am recent to LS’s, I enjoy the fact that I can still recognize a nice quality black tea as well as the smokiness in this tea.
Well done, Grace Tea Company.
Now, I am going to enjoy a few moments on this rainy morning, sipping this lovely tea while eating a piece of Spiced Pear Coffeecake.

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Dadgummit! I KNEW there was another tea by Grace Rare Tea that I wanted to try when I was at Southern Season. This was it. Next time…


Hesper June, are you drinking the lapsang souchong straight or with milk and sugar?

Hesper June

Ashmanra, it is pretty tasty.
Would you like me to send you a sample before you purchase some?
Claire, I drink most all teas plain and the same goes for LS’s.
Although, I did try it sweetened and with milk (because Bonnie was talking about how she takes her LS this way, and when I grow up I want to be like Bonnie:) I personally did not care for it.
But, each to their own!


Aw, you are sweet to offer! Take a look at my cupboard and see if there is something you would like to try!

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I had a cup of this a while back after I picked it up at the fancy grocery near my house. I like smokey beers and peaty scotch, so I figured I’d enjoy a smokey tea. Turns out, this is an exception. I passed it along to my Dad, who likes lapsang souchong teas, and is amassing a collection of them as Em and I try and then pass off these teas.

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