Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stone Leaf Tea Organic Lapsang Souchong

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: small, dark
Ingredients: smoked black tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: mesh infuser and ceramic teacup
Liquor: dark reddish amber

This is the tea that I was most excited to try in my sample box from Steepist so I saved it for last. Lapsang is one of those teas that I really enjoy but I have to be in the mood for it. On a very cold winter night, my boyfriend and I sat down to relax and watch Guardians of the Galaxy. In that moment this tea was everything that I wanted it to be. The smoke was there of course but the base was a wonderfully sweet and full bodied Fujian black tea. There was even a hint of fruitiness shining through in the background. I think it's safe to say that +Stone Leaf Tea House nailed it. This kind of tea is very easy to overdo and there are a lot of bad ones out there for sale. I wasn't left with that gross creosote aftertaste but it wasn't whimpy either. The fact that it's organic and reasonably priced are added bonuses to an already pretty awesome tea. If you're ever in Vermont, be sure to look them up.

Organic Lapsang Souchong sample provided by Steepist.