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Trailesque

(62 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong Imperial from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 22nd, 2019

This is a perfectly good Lapsang Souchong. Smoky and lightly bitter, but not harsh. Slightly aromatic finish.

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Alex Zorach

(1396 reviews)
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Taiwan Lapsang Souchong Black Tea from Organic Herbie

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

41 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 14th, 2018

This tea sorely disappointed me and left me feeling sad and empty. I thought from the description that I was going to like it, but the description was somewhere between severely misleading and blatantly wrong. Thank you to Organic Herbie for the free sample. But PLEASE, update the description for this tea because it is...

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emdash

(1 review)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 13th, 2018

I call Lapsang Souchong "campfire tea" and I love its smokey aroma. Sometimes smoke is all you taste, but not with this tea -- it has a lovely flavour behind the smoke. I don't usually buy tea on-line but this was worth the trouble.

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Lurloo Lokkintoo

(21 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 29th, 2018

Smells and tastes like a firepit. That's all I need to say. But that ain't all I'm sayin'... So, this tea, if you've got a rough demeanor, is just for you. Me and my few biker friends will enjoy this stuff now and then. We all may sit by the firepit after a ride, smoke some cigars, and drink some burnt wood tea ("BWT" ...

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Alex

(45 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

84 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2018

This is a weird tea. The dry leaves smell like chocolate and flowers, but as soon as water is added it smells like baked potatoes. It takes a while to brew: I usually end up brewing it for 6-7 minutes the first time and even longer for the next two infusions for a total of three cups.

The flavor is somewhat unusual...

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Infra

(6 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Harney and Sons

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2018

I am a bit of a connoisseur of Lapsang Souchong. I have tried them from many different brands, and I think that the H&S offering of it is by far the best. The smokiness of it is beyond fantastic and I think that it's just amazing.

As a previous reviewer said, Lapsang Souchong isn't really a tea for everyone - it sme...

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ConradKay

(31 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

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 10th, 2018

Very nice tea! It has a strong chocolate taste/aroma and also has some sweet potato hints as well. Pretty good tea for the price also.

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Cissy

(13 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Harney and Sons

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 30th, 2017

Lapsang Souchong is not a tea for everybody, and this one is especially strong and smoky, a great beverage for a gloomy winter afternoon. You can almost feel woodsmoke in it. It's too aggressive for me to enjoy very often -- I have to be in a mood for it. But I could imagine a bit of it blended with another tamer bl...

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Brytta Sóþword

(307 reviews)

Lapsong Souchong from Tea & Absinthe

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????

92 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2017

This tea is really quite impressive. Whether dry or brewed, its aroma and its flavor both remind me of smokiness from some sort of aromatic wood used for barbecuing -- though it is not "barbecue" flavored. Perhaps it reminds me of camping mixed with a cigarette smoke that somehow isn't gross?

The smokiness is very p...

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Plowboy

(20 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

Full disclosure: I'm not really qualified to review teas, but...
I switched from coffee to tea a while back. I graduated to loose leaf not long ago. The only loose tea I could find was Twinings English Breakfast, which I enjoyed. Cruising the internet looking for a new teapot I came across Mark T. Wendell, which was a...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Golden Lapsang Souchong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: China

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2017

This is the reason I've never really tasted "smokiness" (supposedly present in gunpowder and young hyson) in teas that aren't actually smoked. Lapsang souchong was the first loose-leaf tea I ever drank - in fact, curiosity about this smoked tea I'd heard about is what drove me to try loose-leaf tea. (This is not that f...

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Alex Zorach

(1396 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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M33r4

(1 review)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????

13 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 2nd, 2016

This is beyond GROSS!!

It was on offer in my local supermarket and being one to try various teas and being from a tea growing part of the world, I decided this was one was worthy of a try. Lovely packaging as usual from Twinings swayed me further towards buying it.

Initially the aroma is revolting. If you have b...

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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

(1396 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

(175 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jul. 8th, 2013

I just don't care for smoked teas (lapsang souchong) and this one had an almost cigarett-y/tarry scent to it (more of an aroma than a taste - thank goodness). Just not my bag at all! And terrible iced. Barely tolerable hot.

What possessed me to try this? I should know better by now. At least it was free (had thi...

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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

(214 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

(1396 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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Dr. Ted

(4 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 19th, 2012

lthough Mark T Wendell carries a considerable number of teas, Hu-Kwa is their signature tea. It is said to be "the finest obtainable Lapsang Souchong ... from Taiwan." And it is the finest.

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Alex Zorach

(1396 reviews)

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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