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Black Tea
Black Tea
Smoked, Cinnamon, Smoke, Tannin, Wood, Sarsaparilla
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Edit tea info Last updated by Ed Fladung
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 13 oz / 384 ml

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  • “After a long week and a quick swim at the pool (trying in vain to get some exercise!) I am at home now. I can’t say what made me want to brew this one up but I was really craving it for some...” Read full tasting note
  • “I don’t want to GIVE AWAY my review…but… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUH6yvCyQvM THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME!!!!! I have been looking for a Lapsong Souchong JUST LIKE THIS! I FINALLY FOUND IT! ...” Read full tasting note
  • “Backlogging from yesterday. What a way to start the new year. We arose to temps dipping to 10 below outside and our oil heater had quit during the night. The house was freezing. Hubby went out to...” Read full tasting note
  • “Tea of the morning…. (SRP #43) This is the end of my sample of this tea, and I loved it while I had it. Thank you, again, narwhalclub! It is probably about the smokiest I could handle, but it is...” Read full tasting note

From Mark T. Wendell

This is a fairly heavily smoked Lapsong Souchong that smells wonderful and brews up beautifully. Named for a Chinese Tea Merchant.

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While this is obviously a high quality tea, I’m not sure it’s my cup of tea, so to speak. The aroma of the leaves is smokey, but not overpowering. I brewed 5 minutes. It came out very clear, slightly dark red. It was smokey, but underneath you could tell there was high quality tea. I’ve never tasted anything like this before, it’s my first lapsang suochong.


Flavors: Smoked

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is a famous staple at events hosted at my work, often served with lemon. I prefer my tea without sugar or lemon, generally, though the citrus is nice with this tea. It is definitely smokey, but less of the bacon-like smoke some brands of lapsang souchong seem to have, this is gentler and more woody. The smoke flavor is not as noticeable in the scent of the leaves or the tea, but comes through the most when drinking. There is a traditional black tea feel and taste to this, not bitter but full-feeling and with a sort of rich tanin flavor and texture. Some kind of spicy, almost cinnamon-like, secondary note comes in the aftertaste which really adds a coziness to the forward smoke flavors. I thought I had heard somewhere that this might be close to the kind of tea drank in Boston historically, but I could be making that up. Overall a bold cup with just the right amount of smoke. It’s famous around here for a reason!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Smoke, Tannin, Wood

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The smokiness is something you learn to love or hate, but this tea is smoother with more balanced briskness than other lapsang souchongs. Join an online tasting of this tea: http://walkerteareview.com/?p=2373

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