Bitter and fruity as a good bar of dark chocolate. I would pair this with toast and jam.
Flavors: Apricot, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Raisins
“Bitter and fruity as a good bar of dark chocolate. I would pair this with toast and jam.” Read full tasting note
“It’s a high quality tea but beware of the floral taste. This was a disappointment for me, but I can tell it’s very good stuff. Just doesn’t meet my personal tastes well. So it’s somewhat hard to...” Read full tasting note
Non-smoked Lapsang Souchong. Floral without perfume. Dark fruity sweetness. Gentle texture and long finish. Clearly articulates everything it wants to say.
Lapsang Souchong (or Zhengshan Xiaozhong) is black tea from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian province. It’s most commonly known in the west for its pine smoked version (which is almost exclusively for export as the Chinese don’t prefer a smoky flavor). When the Wuyi forests became a protected UNESCO site in 1999 it eliminated the easy source of pine wood and turned more attention to the non-smoked gongfu style teas produced there. This lot is a blend from three different gardens and three different producers, all using the same cultivar – Jin Mu Dan (Gold Peony). Made in April 2020 by tea makers Zhan Hua Bin, Huang Bang Ming, and Huang Jing Chou.
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It’s a high quality tea but beware of the floral taste. This was a disappointment for me, but I can tell it’s very good stuff. Just doesn’t meet my personal tastes well. So it’s somewhat hard to rate.
A thicc, syrupy-even mouthfeel which is excellent. Notes of brown sugar, fruit, malt, and leaves.
Flowers. There is a floral taste that almost ruins it for me, but I am getting more used to it. It’s too bad because this would be excellent tea without this flower taste.
Steeping it shorter does help.
I ordered this on sale and I don’t think I would order again, due to personal preference.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Brown Sugar, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Malt