Lapsang Souchong Black Tea from Tea Forté

lapsangsouchongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Tea Forté

Tea Description:

Exceptional, large leaves delicately smoked over smoldering embers of local pine for a tea with strong, smoky character. The burnished liquor delivers a teasing crisp quality in harmony with hazel-sweet notes.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Even though the photo above shows Tea Forte’s “signature” pyramid sachet, this Lapsang Souchong Black Tea actually came to me in loose leaf form, which I prefer over the sachets.  Sure, the sachets are fancy and elegant, but, I’ll take the superior flavor of a loose leaf tea over fancy elegance any day.

Not a bad Lapsang Souchong.  I brewed this with a quick rinse (15 seconds in boiling water and then strain the liquid and discard) and then for 3 minutes.  The flavor is robust and smoky, with notes of caramel and a sweet nutty note.

I think that it’s the underlying sweetness of a Lapsang Souchong that actually won me over to the smoky side.  I wasn’t always a big fan of smoky teas and Lapsang Souchong seems to be the smokiest of them all, so it was usually on my “least wanted” list.  And while I can’t say that I LOVE Lapsang Souchong now, I don’t dislike it the way I used to.

Because once you get past that heavy smokiness, you find all these wonderful layers of sweet caramel and even a sweet nutty tone that melds beautifully with the toasty notes of the smoky essence.  It becomes less like a “campfire” (or other, less appealing descriptives) and more like a sweet, toasty, cozy cuppa that I enjoy curling up to now and then.

It would seem that some Lapsang Souchong teas are more smoky than others and I would say that this one from Tea Forté is not quite as smoky as some that I’ve encountered … it’s what I’d categorize as a medium smoky quality as compared to some of the heavier smoked Lapsang Souchong teas.  Sure, it’s still SMOKY but it’s less intense as some I’ve tried, making this an excellent choice for those who are looking for a good, middle-ground sort of Lapsang Souchong.  An enjoyable cuppa.

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