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If you like tea that tastes like gasoline then this is the buy for you
Single Malt and Cigars.
This tea has an unmistakeably smokey note, which for years made it a particular favorite with the “single malt and cigars” crowd of English clubs and drawing rooms. That aroma is created during the tea’s smoking process, which involves the withering of the tea leaves in bamboo baskets hung on racks over cypress or pine wood fires, after they have been rolled and placed into wooden barrels until they emit their own aroma. The finished tea leaves are characteristically thick and black. Legend has it that this smoking process was discovered by accident during the Quing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), when an army unit camping out in a tea factory interrupted the processing of the recently-arrived leaves and the workers then resulted to drying the leaves over pine fires to make up for the disruption and get to the market in time, creating an instant sensation there.
Because of its potent aroma, Lapsang Souchong should not steep very long. The rule of thumb is that the paler its color, the more likely you’ll truly enjoy it.
Seems like it will be amazing
I bet I’m going to really like it.
To be fair, I should probably write a review after actually
trying the product, but then again the 1-star review of this
product doesn’t really make sense either, so here is a 5-star
review to neutralize the 1-star. Now we’re even.
lovely, beautiful tea
I must admit, I am not what you’d call a lapsang souchong snob, but I have tasted several brands, and Taylors of Harrogate offer the best I’ve ever tried. Their tea is divine, and I’m going to order some more of their other teas.
If you like a smokey tea, you’ll love this Lapsang Souchong
Prior to this tea, I had sampled a few other brands and never really liked Lapsang Souchong. For those who don’t like it, you’d probably be inclined to describe it as a brew of burnt rubber or factory soot, with just a hint of campfire. Not something you’d be craving to try again.
Well, on a lark I decided to try Taylors of Harrogate Lapsang Souchong, and I’m very glad I did. Taylors got it RIGHT. This tea is very smooth and has a pleasant smokey aroma and taste. You really have to stretch your imagination to conjure up thoughts of burnt rubber when sipping ANY Lapsang Souchong tea, and why would you want to when you can really enjoy it? Comparatively, this tea is better than Twinings. I have both and tried them side by side. There was no contest–Taylors won.
So, if you have already tried Lapsang Souchong and haven’t quite found a version that suits you, look no further. You’ve found it with Taylors. 🙂
Beginner’s Lapsang Souchong
A good lapsang souchong
Lapsang Souchang is also an excellent tea for coffee drinkers — it has similar flavor characteristics of coffee, but does not have a bitter aftertaste. Many coffee drinkers stay away from tea because it is either weak tasting or too watery — this is definitely not weak tea, and a splash of (whole) milk will take care of the wateriness if that’s a problem.
My recommendation is to buy whichever of Twinings or Taylors is cheapest. Buying the 6-pack is a good idea because it is freakin’ impossible to find lapsang souchang in stores.