Recently I was contacted by Teasenz – an online tea company based in China – about reviewing some of their teas. Always keen to try new companies, regardless of where they are based, I snapped at the opportunity. Teasenz sent me a box of samples that arrived in week, which is quicker service than some UK shops! Today I’m reviewing a Lapsang Souchong, a tea that I have a love-hate relationship with because overly smoked or artificially-tasting smoke is a major turn off. Read on to see what I think of this tea.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consist of full, twisted leaves that have a strong sweet, florally aroma
Infused tea: The tea cups out a light orange-brown liquor with a strong floral aroma. It is a light-bodied tea with very little astringency. The liquor is dominated by floral and sweet notes, whilst a very subtle smokiness catches up with you in the finish
Infusion tips: Infuse this tea with 95C water for four minutes. Try infusing it two or three times. I would not recommend milk in this tea, as it will suffocate the flavours
Conclusions: This tea really surprised me because the dominate flavours are florally and sweet, not smoky. A longer steeping time brings out a little more smokiness, but you wouldn’t be wrong to mistake this tea with another high-grown Chinese or Taiwanese black tea. That noted, I would say that I enjoyed the flavour complexity in this tea. If you like a light, high-grown black tea with loads of sweet and floral aroma and flavour, this is a tea you will love. It is easy drinking and would appeal to a large audience
Retail price: 15 grams for $2.24 / 70 grams for $8.95 / 200 grams for $23.00