• Reviews

    Joseph Wesley Black Tea No. 7 – Lapsang Souchong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry Ingredients: smoked black tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: bright reddish brown Lapsang Souchong can be a very polarizing tea. Most people that I have talked to either hate it or absolutely love it. This one was a very different experience from other Lapsangs that I have tried. The taste was malty and aromatic with an almost chocolate-like richness. It had a sweet note reminiscent of caramel that I was not expecting at all. It turns out that this particular tea isn’t smoked at all. What a difference that makes! I really loved being…


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    Teavivre Lapsang Souchong

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark and somewhat curled Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 15 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber I’ve spoken with many tea lovers who detest Lapsang Souchong and most of them give the reason that it tastes like an ash tray. While I find this to be very true of lower quality teas, a good quality lapsang is actually quite the enjoyable treat. This rendition from Teavivre was a great example of that. It was earthy and sweet with a lingering smokiness. It came across more like smoked bacon than campfire, which is pretty delicious if I do say so myself. There…