Hello Tea Friends!
My last post mentioned this tea in brief as I received a sample to review from Edgcumbes. Today I will review it after a wonderful introduction to the company. This particular tea, Blend No.45, boasts a gold star from the 2016 Great Taste Awards.
Blend No.45 contains Assam, Darjeeling, Keemun and Laspsang Souchong. It sounds like a finely tuned blend of black teas, and the Lapsang Souchong makes me thing of smoke and fire. This is all pre-tea, at least this is how I am perceiving it before I try.
The packaging has a little more information:
Origin – India and China
Ingredients – Luxury black orthodox leaf tea
Flavour – Rich, strong and flavoursome
Brew Guide – 3-5 mins, 1 cup, 100C.
Opening the packet I get a waft of smoke and wood, strong and dark but also beautiful at the same time. For those that have yet to smell Lapsang Souchong I liken it to a bonfire. The leaves themselves are large/partially broken and are a collection of brown, gold and red colours.
I will be steeping this with the recommended guide above.
Once steeped the resulting liquid is golden red in colour and bares a smoky, wood scent with some sweetness.
Let me start by saying that the Lapsang Souchong smells much stronger than it tastes. It’s fragrant with sour wood and dry smoke notes that lighten to leave a slightly sweet after taste. Smoother than I anticipated and it doesn’t need milk nor sweetener. Strength is medium but still strong enough to use as an every day ‘pick me up’ tea.
This was my favourite blend out of the two. It had a lot of flavour and charm, particularly the Lapsang Souchong not overly dominating the other teas. It puts a perfect twist on the classic black tea. It’s also perfect for this time of year, no doubt I will have a pot or two of it on Bonfire night.
Until next time,
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Edgcumbes Coffee & Tea
A unique blend of Assam and Darjeeling Second Flush, with Chinese Keemun and a hint of Lapsang Souchong. A pinch of this tea will add that exotic touch to your favourite daily brew.