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Plowboy

(4 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

(31 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

(1311 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

(1311 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 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

(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

(1311 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

(1311 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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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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dischbeinjr

(5 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

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

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2011

I think this tea is best if served with a meal; it would go good with cajun dishes and indian foods; something that incorporated strong spice such as cloves or ginger. Its an inquired taste, and it smells like smoked pinewood and can be overpowering and its not something you can wake up too in the morning. Not somethin...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

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

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 7th, 2011

My rating is low because I tend not to like this style of tea. I actually think this tea was very good, more enjoyable than some loose-leaf Lapsang souchong that I've tried.

This is a classic Lapsang Souchong from a tea bag. It has a strong smoky aroma, and smooth, mellow flavor. Unlike some of the other reviewer...

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Sylvia

(210 reviews)
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

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

70 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 30th, 2011

This tea is pretty good. It has a nice smoky aroma, but it's too weak, and on the verge of being too bitter, like other Twinings black teas I've tasted. I really like the smoky flavor, though. I added cream and sugar.

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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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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

The "Ne plus ultra" of Lapsang Souchongs. The high bar for all others. It is superb. Yes, it is smokey - that's what a LS is, but this has a sweet note to the aroma and that carries through into the tea, which is rich and smooth and mellow. It also keeps well. I have some I have had for 4 years and it is still won...

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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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