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Another day, another brew!

So, I didn’t actually order this one (I don’t think), but the kind “Mad Tea Artist” was nice enough to send it to me as part of my order. Isn’t she wonderful??

Scent in the bag is very sweet. Super sweet actually. I wonder if it will translate over?

Brewed with Keurig water for 3 mins, 2tsp/16 oz

Taste is…wow, that’s surprisingly good, especially for no sweetener! I’m not going to say it is sweet, so to speak (at least not by my sugar-loving standards) but it is very tasty. I really do get the maple flavor from it.

OK Edit: I don’t know if the metalic taste I’m getting is a water problem or my mouth problem, because, while I’m not using bottled water, I still taste it even when not drinking the water. I had some dental work done recently, so that may be part of the problem, I don’t know. I will try to review it objectively outside of this.

So, with sweetener, this is a strong maple flavored tea. I haven’t eaten a plum in ages, so I can’t compare it to that, but the maple flavor alone is delightful. There’s also the ever so slightest smoke flavor. I realize now this has Lapsang in it, which would have been a dealbreaker if I hadn’t tried it first. Now I’m starting to think that I could actually enjoy LS if it is GOOD LS. This is just a very pleasing tea. I’m enjoying it.

Good stuff.

Flavors: Maple, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
52Teas

There was a time when I was absolutely, positively opposed to Lapsang Souchong. I hated it so much that I refused to have it in my house because I could not stand it. However, when I became a “professional” tea reviewer, I kinda had to get to a point where I would at least try lapsang souchong if it was sent to me to review, you know? So, after doing a “rinse” of the tea, I find that no longer hate it on it’s own, although I do prefer less smoky teas. And I actually quite enjoy a smoked tea as part of a blend – which is the case here. :)

Shanie O Maniac

Yeah, my only exposure to straight Lapsang Souchong is Adagio. It was pretty much the worst thing I ever tasted. I have since learned that even people who swear by LS hate the Adagio one, so I really think I need to try other options. This was really good, and I enjoyed the smokey note. Thanks for sending it!

52Teas

you’re welcome! :) I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

Mastress Alita

For me, the time I tried Lapsang Souchong, I got a blistering migraine and never touched the stuff again. Smoke of any sort in the air is a migraine trigger for me, and apparently my head just associated the strong smoke aroma coming off the cup and triggered the migraine even though it wasn’t “real smoke” (ergo, a lack of oxygenation in the air that would actually cause a migraine). So I’ve had a strong aversion to the stuff (to be fair, strong smoke flavors aren’t really my thing anyway). But I loved this tea, too, so it seems if it’s a very small amount of Lapsang used in a blend, so a large “smoky smell” isn’t wafting off the cup, then my head is okay with it.

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52Teas

There was a time when I was absolutely, positively opposed to Lapsang Souchong. I hated it so much that I refused to have it in my house because I could not stand it. However, when I became a “professional” tea reviewer, I kinda had to get to a point where I would at least try lapsang souchong if it was sent to me to review, you know? So, after doing a “rinse” of the tea, I find that no longer hate it on it’s own, although I do prefer less smoky teas. And I actually quite enjoy a smoked tea as part of a blend – which is the case here. :)

Shanie O Maniac

Yeah, my only exposure to straight Lapsang Souchong is Adagio. It was pretty much the worst thing I ever tasted. I have since learned that even people who swear by LS hate the Adagio one, so I really think I need to try other options. This was really good, and I enjoyed the smokey note. Thanks for sending it!

52Teas

you’re welcome! :) I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

Mastress Alita

For me, the time I tried Lapsang Souchong, I got a blistering migraine and never touched the stuff again. Smoke of any sort in the air is a migraine trigger for me, and apparently my head just associated the strong smoke aroma coming off the cup and triggered the migraine even though it wasn’t “real smoke” (ergo, a lack of oxygenation in the air that would actually cause a migraine). So I’ve had a strong aversion to the stuff (to be fair, strong smoke flavors aren’t really my thing anyway). But I loved this tea, too, so it seems if it’s a very small amount of Lapsang used in a blend, so a large “smoky smell” isn’t wafting off the cup, then my head is okay with it.

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HELLO! My name is Shanie and I love tea!

While I have always loved various types of tea, for a very long time it came exclusively from a grocery store. It’s only been a year or so now that I’ve gotten into loose leaf. As such, there will likely be tasting notes I do for bagged tea as well as good quality (and not so good quality) loose leaf teas. I’m still learning as I go so have patience please!

Some of my favorite flavors include: Cocoa, Malt, Bread, Honey, Earthy, Sweet Citrus, Caramel, Apple, Spices, and Cinnamon.

Some flavors I don’t like: Licorice, Coconut, Bitey Citrus (like Citric Acid), Licorice, Sour, Smoke, Overpowering Fake Vanilla, Stevia, and did I mention Licorice?

NOTE: I am Type 2 Diabetic. As such, I can really not have sugar added to tea without suffering problems. This prohibits me from using either plain sugar or honey. Instead, I use Splenda as I found my system can handle it well and I like the flavor. I try to avoid stevia as I’ve found it often ruins the flavor of tea. However, not all teas require sweetener, and some are better without. Because of this, if I add sweetener to a tea, I will mention it in the tasting note and say what kind and how much. Usually, I sweeten flavored and herbal teas but leave true teas unsweetened. There are exceptions, but this is a general rule of thumb to go by.

Almost all of the tea I brew is western style. I occasionally do grandpa, but pretty much never Gong-fu. I do own a Gaiwan, but it never gets used. Considering I don’t have a “sip setting” when it comes to beverages, it’s really hard for me to get into any sized amount less than 8oz at a time. I know that probably makes me a tea-heathen, but so be it. I like my mugs.

I have decided to try and make a scale for my ratings. So here goes.

As of January 2020.

100-91: These are my go-to favorites. I will likely go out of my way to always keep these on hand, including going on third party websites to obtain out of season.
90-81: This is a tea I really did enjoy, and I will likely purchase again. However, I wouldn’t go to the ends of the earth for it, and it isn’t my all-time favorite.
80-71 This is a tea that, while I may have somewhat enjoyed, something is holding me back from making it a mainstay. Maybe the flavor profile isn’t the best. Maybe there is an offputting aftertaste. It varies. But while I did like it and will continue to drink it, I don’t absolutely need it in my life, and while I will likely finish what I have, I may or may not get more.
70-61: This is a tea which I drank, but I didn’t like. However, I didn’t hate it either. It wasn’t bad enough to dump, and if it is the only thing available to drink, I would likely drink it instead of plain water. But in the end, this is just not my literal cup of tea and I will likely not get this again.
60-51: This is something that I didn’t like much at all, but for one reason or another, refused to dump. If I squint hard enough and use my imagination, I can almost BS myself into thinking they are decent, and I suppose I can choke it down and not waste it. These are teas that I will not be buying again, and may not even finish what I have.
50-41: Yeah, whatever this is, I there’s a good chance I dumped it. At this level, it’s pretty bad stuff with either weak flavor, nasty flavor, or all the wrong flavors, It has few redeeming qualities, and I likely won’t reach for this one again. On the bright side, it isn’t sewage water, so there’s that.
40-31. On it’s best day this tea has no redeeming qualities. This not only got dumped but the package it came in either got thrown away, traded, or shoved to the back of the cupboard to never be touched again. Not the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, but darn sure close.
30-Under: The worst thing I’ve ever tasted. This not only has no redeeming qualities, but it is gag inducing. “Teas” in this range are so bad I not only will never drink them again, I really don’t feel like offloading them onto anyone else because they are just that bad. Actual sewage water.

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