This is on the milder end of the spectrum as far as smokiness goes. I was struck by how balanced the cup was. The sweet, almost wine-like, taste of the fermentation is present and there is a slight smokiness particularly as the cup cools. The taste did not diminish or flatten much in the second or third steepings.
I generally reserve Lapsangs for special occasions when I literally need some fire in my belly, but this one provides a nuanced cup that will find it’s way into the rotation more often.
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec