Lapsang Souchong

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Black Tea
Lapsang Souchong
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Fair Trade
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Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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From Taylors of Harrogate

Lapsang Souchong has an unusual smoky flavour and it is one of the world’s great teas, so well worth trying.

After plucking, the leaves are withered in baskets over smoking wood fires, imparting a distinctive smoky flavour to the tea.

Served with or without milk, Lapsang Souchong goes well with spicy, salty or smoked foods.

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Among my favorites. First heard of this variety years ago while reading Centennial by James Michener — fascinated by the description of the mountain man’s first taste of this “smoky, tarry” tea. I probably sampled Twinings the first time. Started sampling Taylors teas a couple of years ago and this one is one I always have around. I take it with milk or half-and-half.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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The bagged version of this really disappointed me — like drinking ashtray leavings. Flat, stale and nearly tasteless. And I adore smoky tea. Loose in the black tin with the green lid: quite good. Doesn’t take multiple infusions well, I find, but I can forgive that when one cup is as good as this.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Smoky and distinctive, Lapsang is one of my favourites.

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