Have you ever tried a tea so bad that it traumatized you for the entire variety and you thought you’d never drink one again?

I felt that way about Lapsand Souchong until I tried this one.

Unlike every other one I’ve tried, “smokey” is not the first word that comes to mind. Instead, it reminds me rather of the smell of boiling wort (beer being made before it becomes alcohol): yeast, molasses, malt, and a hint of something slightly earthy and infinitely pleasant.

The flavor hits the front of my tongue with a smooth, coating sense of buttery-ness, turning to the sweet flavor of warm molasses as it hits the middle. By the back, I get a mild astringency and loam-y scent and flavor.

From being horrified by lapsangs in general, this tea has totally turned me around! I’d be happy to have it on my shelves.

Flavors: Malt, Molasses, Sweet, Wet Earth, Winter Honey, Yeast

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Rating system

90-100- Great! Definitely in my stash
70-89- Good. Something I’d drink out and about, but wouldn’t buy for myself
40-69-Drinkable, but I would never chose it.
10-39-Not good.
0-9 Wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy. Really terrible.


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