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Sensiblyscript’s Take on Lapsang Chai by Bluebird Tea Company. . . .

Steeping specs: One teaspoon at 212 degrees for 4 minutes in 1 cup of water. This was an exciting idea for a tea. I’ve tried actual lapsang souchong once and couldn’t get through my mugful (maybe it was a bad idea to add milk, but I couldn’t stand it without milk either so I figured it couldn’t hurt anything). It’s not because I don’t like smoky flavors, either. I love smoked meat (I mean, BACON, right?), and I love campfires although it’s true I don’t eat them. But combining smoky tea with other strong spices that I know I like Read More

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The Bold Scotsman from Tupelo Honey Teas

The Bold Scotsman from Tupelo Honey Teas is said to pay homage to The Outlander Series Books and Characters.  I have to admit I haven’t read them but I will tell you what I think about this tea. It’s not the smokiest of smoky teas but there is still a bit of smoke, indeed!  I’m assuming that the smokiness of the Lapsand Souchong was knocked down a bit by the addition of the Assam, Kenyan, and Keemun or maybe it was just because of the ratios used by each of the 4 black tea bases.  What ever the case this Read More

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Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Majesteas Tea Description: Our own special blend of fine black tea will delight the single-malt whiskey lover. This tea combines peaty smokiness with a hint of citrus. Region: China, India, Sri Lanka Leaf: Black, full leaf mixed with cut pieces Water Temperature: 212F Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes Preparation: Makes a good afternoon or morning tea, can be milked and sugared Flavor Profile: Medium strength, smoky, peaty and smooth Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Macdonald’s Highland Blend from Majesteas is a heavy-duty tea for sure!  If you are a fan of Lapsang Souchong this tea will Read More

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No. 07 Lapsang Souchong Black Tea from Joseph Wesley Tea

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Tea Where to Buy: Joseph Wesley Tea Description: Joseph Wesley’s Black Tea No. 7 is a malty, robust, full-bodied tea that is as sensual in its appearance as it is seductive in its taste and aroma. A uniquely crafted iteration of the famous and oldest of all Chinese black teas Lapsang Souchong, this tea beautifully balances its smoky undertones with rich malty plum and chocolate overtones. Harvested in the famed tea gardens of the Wu Yi Shan rock cliffs and crafted by the tea masters of the Tong Cheng Village in China’s Fujian Province, this tea’s Read More

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Sherlock Holmes Black Tea by Adagio

Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Adagio Tea Description: All at once exotic and mysterious and perhaps a little bit insane, with a lingering hint of smoke. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This is one of Cara McGee’s Sherlock fandom blends, inspired by the character of (who else?) Sherlock Holmes. It’s a blend of Adagio’s Lapsang Souchong, Assam Melody, and Oriental Spice, all of which are black teas. The dry leaf smells reasonably strongly of smoke, with a hint of spice underlying. Exotic and enticing! I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave Read More