Lapsang Souchong

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Lapsang Souchong
Flavors
Smoked, Wood, Smoke
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
Caffeine
High
Certification
Fair Trade
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 9 oz / 266 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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3 tasting notes

Whoa! I wanted to like Lapsang Souchong – a grandmother figure from my childhood always drank it – but this is just too smokey for me. I can’t get past the smoke to discern any other flavors. Is Taylors of Harrogate representative? Is there anything out there that like a Lapsang Souchong but a little more approachable?

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I know this was a while ago, so I’m not sure if you found anything, but Russian Caravan teas are a milder form of Lapsang. It’s a blend of black teas along with Lapsang which gives a much more approachable scent of smoke.

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53 tasting notes

Delicious. Very pleasantly surprised. Warm and very slightly spicy towards the end of the mug, a very “tamed” smokiness, excellent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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123 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec

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584 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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18 tasting notes

Smoky and distinctive, Lapsang is one of my favourites.

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