REVIEW: Teasenz – Lapsang Souchong

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Tea and origin: Black tea (smoked with pine wood) from the Wuyi region of Fujian province, China
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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.

Tasting notes

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

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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