Gong Fu Sipdown (606)!
Finished off this (unsmoked) Lapsang Souchong last weekend – it was pretty damn tasty. As always, I do wish I had a slightly better recollection of the flavour evolution throughout the session, but thankfully I managed to capture my basic impressions of this tea on instagram and I do have an older tasting note for this tea as well that has some of my impressions captured there as well.
Basically, it was pretty typical black tea flavour notes for an unsmoked Lapsang: full bodied and brisk but smooth. Highly malty flavour profile, with French bread and cocoa undertones. I recall it having a little bit of an oak/mahogany wood undertone as well, and a fleeting, soft smoke finish on some of the infusions. Like seven infusions total? Not sure. I remember it being a pretty average session length for a black tea, though.
The most impressive/stunning part of the session was DEFINITELY the beautiful red hued liquor of the steeped tea in my cha hai; gorgeous clarity and colour.