Lapsang Souchong (loose leaf)

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  • “Nothing to see here, move along, move along. Nothing new. But this, while not being anything extraordinary, just really is my cup of tea, I just keep reaching for it. When flavoured teas (even grey...” Read full tasting note
  • “You guys are such prolific writers (and tea drinkers) I’m having trouble keeping up! Anyway, I keep hearing about Lapsang Souchong but have never tried it myself, so when I saw a box of these...” Read full tasting note
  • “As a longtime fan of Lapsang Souchong, I know that people either love it or hate it. For those who’ve never had it before and are interested in trying it, Twinings provides a budget-friendly...” Read full tasting note
  • “Smoky and astringent. I felt my sinuses opening just smelling the stuff after I’d brewed it. I may have to try it again to give a full opinion, but this was one of the few times where I’ve almost...” Read full tasting note

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A strong, golden tea with a very distinctive smoked character.

Lapsang Souchong tea comes from China’s Fujian Province and Taiwan. The unique flavour of Lapsang Souchong is produced by lying the leaves out on bamboo trays and allowing smoke from pinewood to permeate through them. Twinings Lapsang Souchong is an adventurous tea with a unique smoke flavour and a dark rich colour. Drink with or without milk.

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If you’re quitting smoking or miss summer bonfires, this might be your tea. It was very smooth and smokey. Pretty much gave me cottonmouth after the first couple sips, which then led me to drink more of this tea and repeat the cycle. Needless to say, I felt like I was drinking a campfire.

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Just tried this for the first time tonight. I really love the smokey flavor but I think I steeped for too long. It got pretty sharp and made my head hurt. But it was worth it. So next time, shorter steeping time.

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One of the smokier Lapsang Souchongs I’ve tried. I liked it. I first got into this tea because it seem strong, and manly, to a guy who used to drink a lot of coffee. If there was a tea that could grunt, this would be it.

The longer you steep it, the more the smokiness overpowers the tea.

Not the best out there, and I like their Irish Breakfast a lot more. But, for the price and availability, it’s a good find for Lapsang souchong.

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23 tasting notes

Have been drinking this tea for 28 years. Good on a cold day when I want to relax with a cup of strong tea.

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Its great! smokey, rich tasting, great with milk.
A hearty brew always makes me smile!

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As so often with Twinings this tea does not keep up with what it is promising. Nice tea box. Great fragrance of the leafs. But average brew…

After steeping the leafs (very hot, 3-4min) the brew is able to carry its fragrance very well. Taste seems dull. No magic is happening. All I taste is old tobacco. Aftertaste is acid…
Second brew does not carry flavor anymore which is unusual for a Chinese black tea, especially if it is coming from the Fujian province.
To me only drinkable after steeping in a highball glass on low temperature (65 degrees Celcius). It even gets a mellow, sweet aftertaste.
Had much better Lapsangs that were sold in small, independent tea shops around the globe (Germany, Thailand) without brand name…

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7 tasting notes

Lapsang Souchong is like drinking mahogany. It’s a unique tea and a unique tea experience, and I am very fond of it. I drink it plain with a fairly short steep time.

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Before you try this, know that we aren’t lying about this being a smokey tea. The first time you taste Lapsang it’s like you just took a bite out of a smoldering pine cigar. Secondly, try brewing it for less time and work into longer steeps; no longer than two minutes at first. Sugar and milk/cream to taste, if you are so inclined.

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