Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas
Very biting tea smoothed over with a caramel smile. Great to wake up to, especially if you are dropping the coffee habit. Great for the early morning attitude enhancement with the added benefit of enabling you to think beofre you speak. Shut the hell up and give it a try.
Created by: Travis Pelt
As some of you may know, I’m not particularly fond of Lapsang Souchong so I generally avoid them whenever possible. I find the strong, smoky character of a typical Lapsang Souchong to be rather off-putting.
However, I am slowly developing an appreciation for strong, smoky teas such as Lapsang Souchong, but, suffice to say that while I am usually willing to try a tea with Lapsang Souchong in it, it is not something I probably would want to try.
But that all went out the window when I saw the name of this signature blend from Adagio Teas (created by Travis Pelt). I knew I had to try it!
And I really am glad I did – this is actually really good. The tea is very strong – ROBUST! But what makes this tea especially good to me is the balance of tastes. It is a smoky tea, but it isn’t too smoky. It is, in fact, one of the most thoughtful blends I have encountered – and by that I mean that the underlying caramel-y notes of the Lapsang Souchong are highlighted with the addition of the caramel flavored black tea. The sweet, creamy notes of the caramel are enhanced by the malty notes of the Assam.
The three types of tea create a very harmonized and yet hefty blend! It is a little chewy and has a nice bake-y taste. It makes a perfect morning tea, but I am actually enjoying it later in the afternoon at the moment – it is the perfect accompaniment to Dulce de Leche cookies from the Girl Scouts! YUM!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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