New(ish) tea alert!!
I say ‘ish’ because DT has carried a Lapsang Souchong before; it was called Lapsang Souchong Star and it was a very polarizing tea. I know I hated it when I first had it (as I did all Lapsang Souchong) and then over time I grew to be a bit of a smoked tea fiend. This is very similar to Lapsang Souchong Star but it is technically a different tea. However, if you’ve had Lapsang Souchong Star before and enjoyed it then I feel very confidant that you will absolutely enjoy this one too.
If you’ve not had Lapsang Souchong Star before or, maybe, have never even had a Lapsang Souchong at all then boy oh boy and you in for something… distinct.
LS is a pine smoked black tea, so it understandably tastes very smokey. The amount of smokiness you might get from a Lapsang does vary to a degree, but lets just say that DT has never shied away from the more intense end of the spectrum. I have the old LS still (though it’s a few years old) so I’d like to do a direct comparison of the two versions, but going on memory I think this is slightly less smokey than what we did carry. It’s also a little less meaty in my opinion too; the old one had some serious smoked meat vibes to it. I find that this, under the thick layer of smoke, is a bit more woody with a VERY SMALL hint of red fruit – which isn’t a strange profile for a straight Chinese black tea.
A few small things – this bad boy is only available in Canada (thanks Prop 65), and I think it might be online only. I mean, everything is online only right now (thanks Covid-19) but when stores do start being phased open I don’t believe this is going to be sent to them. Also, I will just throw it out there that this is an extremely love/hate kind of tea, but even the people who love it usually don’t love it the first time that they have it…
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