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 was no astringency and the mouth-feel was very smooth. Although very aromatic, it wasn’t offensive or overdone. I did three infusions in a gaiwan using their recommended steep times of 15s, 25s and 40s but their instructions indicate that you can get at least seven. I tend to prepare all lapsang souchong this way because even the good quality ones are stinky and the smokiness was seep into plastic and any non-movable parts.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.