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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 16th, 2016

A lovely tea, mellow, and complex, among my favorite Lapsang Souchongs ever sampled. Thank you again to TeaVivre for the sample! This is a traditional Chinese lapsang souchong, it lacks the strong smoky aroma that the more widely-known style of tea popular in the West has. Compared to other traditional Lapsang Souch...

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eric.ca

(4 reviews)
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LAPSANG SOUCHONG IMPÉRIAL from Mariage Freres

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 19th, 2015

What should I say?

I LOVE THIS TEA!

It is smoky, balanced, it tastes good, it does have a long life as loose tea.

I do not brew it too long, I just pour water on top of leaves, keep leaves in water for 1 minute and done, even if MF recommends to brew for 5 minutes.

I confess I used to add sugar to my tea, b...

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 25th, 2014

Excellent.

This is the traditional Chinese Lapsang Souchong, subtle, not the British-style stuff with the overwhelming smell of campfire smoke. I love it. I've only ever tried one other Lapsang Souchong on par with this, the Lapsang Souchong Superior Grade from Life In Teacup. This tea was equally exquisite, yet ...

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Terks

(3 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Tea Bags from Taylors of Harrogate

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 21st, 2014

Very good Lapsang Souchong tea with a pronounced smokey aroma that along with the black tea base results in a very umami tea. Goes great with a hearty breakfast. I brew mine in an 8 oz teacup for 5 minutes and serve with a teaspoon of honey.

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geologyguy

(108 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea from Wegmans

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 18th, 2014

AWESOME smell to this tea...very smoky like one of my favorite beers...taste is also quite smoky...that's the main flavor...wish it had a bit more depth and savory-ness... tastes like campfire wood tea lol

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea (Yan Xun Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 1st, 2014

The aroma is very much so a pine smoke heavy black tea, lots of pine smoke goodness and a rich malt. There are also notes of molasses and roasted peanuts which blends really well with the pine resin and smoke.

The first steep is quite smooth and very light. The taste is subtly sweet with notes of pine sap and sweet ...

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spaflam

(166 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from ITO EN

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 13th, 2013

Sorry - I just don't care for Lapsang Souchang (smoked) teas in general - and Ito En's is no exception - but that said - if you like smokey back teas with a strong aroma and a full-body when brewed (best served hot - it's just not an "icing" tea) - give Ito En's a try.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea from Wegmans

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 11th, 2013

Smoked over pine fires in bamboo baskets this tea captures the taste of the fire. It is a perfect tea for cold winter nights…the taste reminded me of warm fires, high mountains, and clear cold skies. You can taste the full spectrum of tea with this type…the warmth from the sun, the aging leaf, and the smoke from th...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea from Wegmans

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2013

This tea smells like a campfire. The smoky aroma is kind of strong. I like it, but I could probably get tired of it easily. It tastes kind of weirdly sweet. I have mixed feelings about the flavor. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea (Yan Xun Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) from TeaVivre

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2012

The dry leaf smells strongly of pine smoke, more like the British style of Lapsang Souchong, which I find is often overly smoky. But upon brewing, this tea's smokiness mellows out considerably. There's still a lot of that campfire or wood smoke smell, but it doesn't overwhelm.

Flavor and mouthfeel is exceptionally...

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Lapsang Souchong Black Tea Grade II from Life in Teacup

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 13th, 2012

Life in Teacup sent me a sample of this tea even though it had been discontinued from their catalogue; now, their only Lapsang Souchong is the Lapsang Souchong Superior Grade.

I can see why they discontinued this one: while it was not bad, I thought it was nowhere near as good as the superior grade. Even with the h...

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Lapsang Souchong Superior Grade from Life in Teacup

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 10th, 2012

This was the first traditional Lapsang Souchong that I've tried, and I must say, I'm a tremendous fan. It is among my favorite Chinese black teas that I have sampled. Yet another impressive tea from Life in Teacup.

Although there is a hint of pine evident in the aroma, the overwhelming smokiness characteristic of ...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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ZS90: Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 31st, 2010

Hear me roar! I can't tell if I like it or not, but it is definitely smokey. But it is also very smooth and mellow. I don't think those unfamiliar with LS would like it. It's very good, but somehow, for me, the smoke is a bit wrong.

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong - Smoky Tarry from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 13th, 2010

I always get excited when I see brands carry Lapsang Souchong, mostly because I can't imagine their consumer base for it is very large.

Numi's always tends to be pretty satisfying if not a bit thin and their Smoky Tarry blend is no exception. They really play up the smokey-ness in the aroma but then you take a sip ...

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Lapsang Souchong from Lupicia

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 1st, 2010

I love Lapsang Souchong and Lupicia don't do it any harm! A wonderful smokey aroma and rich flavor without any sour aftertaste. Really satisfying overall, and good with milk too!

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Bethany

(12 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Peet's Coffee and Tea (Peets)

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

63 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
May. 20th, 2010

This tea has an inviting campfire-smoke aroma, but tastes very, very smoky, almost meaty, to the exclusion of the basic tea flavor. If you're looking for a less intense smoky flavor, try the Scottish Breakfast (still a little strong for me) or the Russian Caravan (which I love).

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Organic Lapsang Souchong from California Tea House

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Fujian, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2010

note: this is the only lapsang souchong i've tried.

very powerful in both flavor and aroma. a very smokey smell. many people i've offered it to told me it smells like a camp fire. i definitely smell the terpenes (chemicals from the pine wood).

i am a big fan of this tea, but it is definitely not for everyone. ...

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herbalista

(1 review)
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ZS90: Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 9th, 2010

This is one of my favorite teas. It stands head and shoulders above most other Lapsangs, almost poetical in the achievement of its goals. Not to be missed!

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Alex Zorach

(1284 reviews)
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ZS85: Organic China Lapsang Souchong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2009

It's hard for me to evaluate this tea because I am not much of a fan of Lapsang Souchong...but this is among the smoothest of the ones I've tried so far. Perhaps I'd develop a taste for it if I drank it more often.

Very strong smoky aroma, more like a sausage or fireplace than a tea. Flavor is extremely smooth and...

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