What-Cha restocked this. I had two more cups worth left. I should have realized that Hawkband wanted this because I would have given her more. Anyway, I had two servings left and I am glad I saved the sample because it is one of my favorite black teas thus far. Of course that is perking me to want to get another sample to savor, but there are like eight samples I want to do of What-Cha and three of them are in the same price range as this one. I’ll figure something out.

For specifics, I gong fu’d venturing 20, 30, 35, 50, 75, 2 minutes for 185 F in a 150 ml gaiwan. The profile was fairly consistent starting off at a vanilla lemon buttery thing of a black tea and the lemon continued with more malt in the later steeps as the citric sweetness faded to a present reminder. No bitterness or astringency-just smooth in every way like most of the teas Alistair recommends. And yes, I’m raising the rating and giving it a high one because I like it so much….never mind I did not Tumbler test it or Western test it, though it probably can handle it. However, it’s a special occasion tea that deserves the respect of careful steeping of gong fu. Tea made with skill deserves to be served with it.


Oh! I’ve never seen a non-smoky Lapsang Souchong. On to the list it goes!

Daylon R Thomas

Non smoky ones tend to be on the “sweeter” side.

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Oh! I’ve never seen a non-smoky Lapsang Souchong. On to the list it goes!

Daylon R Thomas

Non smoky ones tend to be on the “sweeter” side.

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I am an MSU graduate about to become a high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


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