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lapsang souchong

by adagio teas

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type: black

origin: china

region: fujian uji

variety: lapsang souchong

ingredients: black tea

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

Lapsang Souchong is a black tea from the Fujian province of China, famous for its smoky aroma and flavor. To create this, the finished tea is given some extra drying over smoking pine fire, imparting a sweet, clean smoky flavor to the tea. Lapsang Souchong sometimes gets a bad rep for being brashly smoky, but really fine examples aren't like that at all. Our Lapsang Souchong is very approachable: clean and slightly cool smokiness in the aroma, like menthol. Sweet, refreshing smoky flavor, crisp and edgy. Golden-coppery color in the cup; the mark of a Lapsang that hasn't been smoked to a jerky. Sweet pine flavor, lightly evaporating finish. It's amazing all the dimensions of 'smoky' you can experience in one, very well made cup of fine Lapsang Souchong. Steep at 212°F for 3-5 minutes

Recent reviews

    • Kimberly Hnatko


      Rating right in the middle because my husband enjoys this and I do not. I don't mind it while sipping, but I can't get past the smokey aftertaste. I think it would probably be great to cook with.

    • Rachel Emmel


      The CommuniTea packet smelled like barbecue. I wasn't a fan of the Lapsang in the Bonfire tea, but I made a small sample to try it straight anyway. I wasn't surprised to find that I still don't like it. I even put some brown sugar in, because, y'know, brown sugar goes well with barbecue. And so it then tasted like sweet barbecue. Not much of an improvement. I saw someone else mention they used it as a meat rub. I'm going to save the rest and see if I can find a recipe to try instead.

    • Karrie Massotti


      I’m sorry I know people love this tea but it’s just not for me. It taste like a fire pit. Lol.

    • Han


      The first lapsang souchong that I've tried. I don't care for the overly smoky taste, its too much like bbq tea to me.

    • AR R


      Very smoky. At times a little artificial tasting as well but I use it instead of liquid smoke when I am cooking

    • Michael M


      Got a sample of this in the black teas sampler box. Tasted like a campfire, smoking fall leaves, but a really nice flavor hidden below all that.

    • JM

      Joseph Mazza


      smokey and meaty. great tea. i have it every 2nd day.

    • brianna lee


      smoky but clean tasting, very unique tea! not my favorite but i'm sure if you enjoy these sorts of teas, you'd like this very much

    • Nadia Bentley


      This tea is good in blends but it's a bit strong by itself

    • A. Wood


      I think this tea has very unique flavor that not many people would like it. It's smokey and earthy. I enjoyed it

    • melissa Dichiaro


      I wanted to try this to see if I’d like it. I had a feeling I would t and I was right. Smokey teas just aren’t my thing but you never know so it’s good to try especially when you can get a sample really inexpensivley from adagio.

    • Kat I


      I may not be the best to review, as I realize I dislike smokiness in teas. This is a strong smoke flavor.

    • MJ

      Michael Jacobson


      This tea tasted and smelled like liquid smoke, not at all what I wanted from a glass of tea. I can see the appeal if you're into smokey flavors, but sadly I'm not.

    • Chelsea Windmoeller-Schmit


      I did not like this tea. Most teas I can get through a glass but not this one. It was smoky like BBQ and not at all what I want from a tea.

    • Red Wolfe


      When I first smelled it, I was pretty nervous. It was strong, like burning rubber almost. But the taste was way different, like a campfire in all the best ways. I was no expecting to love it as much as I did.

    • Bailey Green


      Lapsang Souchong is a very acquired tea taste. Either you dislike it or it grows on you. This particular lapsang souchong howver is one of my favorites. The smokiness is to die for

    • Andrew Eith


      First time I had it want a huge fan but worth another shot

    • BD

      Bob Doss


      Excellent black tea. Mild and has a bit of smokiness.

    • CL

      Connie Leisher


      This tea is mild and smokey. It helps warm me up on a cold day. A great tea for coffee drinkers that are just getting into tea. Honestly one of my favorites

    • Maria Burns


      Love, love, love it. It is like drinking a campfire in the most positive way ever!

    • EL

      Eun Sol Lee


      a surprisingly subtle flavor for such a strong smoky scent

    • Lydia Getgen


      I am utterly obsessed with this tea! It smells like all of the best parts of a campfire in a cup, and the flavor is delightfully smoky. Taken well with sugar and/or milk, or even plain!

    • Annie Katharine


      My boyfriend and I are obsessed with this tea. It reminds us of a cabin in the winter. Love the smokiness!

    • TA

      Tracie Anderson


      Very strong smoky flavor like it was cooked on the grill. This is one of my favorite teas.

    • AR

      Anu Ravi


      It is a smoky tea but there is something that is missing in this tea. It is a pretty light tea. I like a pretty strong Lapsang but this one misses the mark by a lot

    • Michael Lewis


      Very unique tea! Dry leaf is a bit like hanging your head over a BBQ pit. Brew this and the whole room will smell like the tea (good or bad, depending on your opinion). I wouldn't suggest this as a first-time tea, but something to work up to.

    • Roxann Baxter


      This is what I refer to as the "get my butt moving" tea. It has a great smoky aroma and a strong wake you up flavor with out being harsh or bitter and enough caffeine to get my day going.

    • Casey Covel


      A smoky tea that tastes and smells just like a campfire. Lots of caffeine in this one, so it's perfect for when you need a boost in your day. Tastes great on the tongue and leaves a smokey, but not astringent, aftertaste in the mouth. One of my all-time favorite teas, simply for its unique flavor and scent. Absolutely worth trying for the experience. If you love it, you'll be back for more!

    • Sothis


      I really adore this tea IN OTHER TEAS. By itself its very very smokey and reminds me of the burn season in the piney south just before the damp winter sets in. Probably an acquired taste, but I think it's amazing sprinkled in a spice tea during the chilly seasons.

    • Crystal Nicol


      Ok, maybe it's just me but this tea tasted like burning wood....almost like the smell of a campfire. I'm not a fan of this one.

    • Mara G


      To be honest, I prefer this flavor tea from another vendor. That does not mean I don't like this tea from Adagio. Some people have made this tea work very well in their fandom blends and even I find this tea good for a blend. Lapsong Souchong is not for the faint of heart (or noses). It is an acquired taste and if you like it, you like.

    • JW

      Janelle Waz


      I love Adagio Tea, I really do. THIS TEA on the other hand... I couldn't drink it. It has a very overpowering woodsy smell, making tasting the tea nearly impossible. I gave it to a friend of mine, and she said that if you can get past the smell, it's not bad.