Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Lapsang Souchong
Flavors
Apple Skins, Red Fruits, Alcohol, Bark, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Dried Fruit, Forest Floor, Fruity, Lychee, Malt, Nutty, Orange, Orchid, Osmanthus, Pastries, Peanut, Pine, Raisins, Raspberry, Red Apple, Rose, Round , Stonefruit, Tannin, Wood
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by derk
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 oz / 387 ml

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  • “A full leaf, very dark tea, very smooth. Bought based on the recommendations of their website, and it does not disappoint. Seems like the last 5 new teas I’ve tried have all been disappointing,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “3 grams from derk used in single tea. The expectations were as her wrote in her tasting note comments. Some petrichor, dungeon fell, cellar and ehhm, nothing from those. Not a bad tea though! I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I think this is a Spring 2019 harvest. Rich with chocolate-malt-wood body. Smoothed by sunflower seed nuttiness. Rounded out by deep and warm stonefruit flavors. High floral notes. Fermenting...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I need a t-shirt that says, “Mail is my love language.” This traveled to my house from derk in an envelope peppered with cheerful, artsy stamps. Furthermore, I have the luxury of some...” Read full tasting note

From Whispering Pines Tea Company

Lapsang Souchong is a black tea dried over smoking pine fires. Castle Black is hands down the most overall well-processed lapsang souchong I’ve come across. The tea itself really shines through on this one, bringing forth layers of honey and pine, spice and far-off campfires. The quality of the base tea is very evident in this LS rendition, and I’m hoping to be able to keep stocking it for anyone that loves this style (myself included of course!).

This tea is only gently smoked. If you are searching for a heavily smoked Lapsang Souchong, I would give my top recommendation to Ashes of Autumn.

About Whispering Pines Tea Company View company

Whispering Pines Tea Company is dedicated to bringing you the most original, pure, beautiful tea blends. We use only the highest quality ingredients available to create additive-free teas teas inspired by the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan. Our main focus is on customer satisfaction and quality.

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A full leaf, very dark tea, very smooth. Bought based on the recommendations of their website, and it does not disappoint. Seems like the last 5 new teas I’ve tried have all been disappointing, this one restored my faith. I forgot while steeping, and instead of my normal <2 minutes, let this one go 20 minutes, and it’s still not bitter; strong but very flavorful and drinkable. Full leaf teas are always so much fun to try and get out of a container, or into a tea ball, but are often worth the effort in being a smoother tea, for some reason. Fewer broken leaves = less tannins?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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3 grams from derk used in single tea.

The expectations were as her wrote in her tasting note comments. Some petrichor, dungeon fell, cellar and ehhm, nothing from those.

Not a bad tea though! I have noticed mostly red fruits, red apple skins, I felt rather being in orchard than a castle. Certainly, there are notes saying it’s black tea, but overall so nice and mild. Enjoyable drink, smooth, no astringency nor bitterness. Nice change of pace after flavoured teas in recent days.

Preparing western maybe didn’t made the most complex flavour profile though.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Red Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I think this is a Spring 2019 harvest.

Rich with chocolate-malt-wood body. Smoothed by sunflower seed nuttiness. Rounded out by deep and warm stonefruit flavors. High floral notes. Fermenting windfelled fruit resting upon soil warmed by the autumn sun. An orchard at the edge of a forest. Good balance of flavor, aroma, astringency, bitterness and aftertaste. Feels more grounded than other unsmoked Lapsang Souchong but with plenty of complexity. The little leaves harness a wealth of power and they are not fussy in preparation method.

Flavors: Alcohol, Bark, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Dried Fruit, Forest Floor, Fruity, Lychee, Malt, Nutty, Orange, Orchid, Osmanthus, Pastries, Peanut, Pine, Raisins, Raspberry, Red Apple, Rose, Round , Stonefruit, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
White Antlers

The tea’s name sounds like the title of a Stephen King novel but the description is more like how I’d imagine a tiny kingdom in a fairy tale.

derk

I, too, was expecting something darker…Dark Tower, dungeon petrichor… It’s more a warm embrace from a rich and vibrant world and its bustling inhabitants, graced by an aging sun. Tiny kingdom, how apt.

derk

The rest of the Dark Tower series is going on my read list for this winter.

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I need a t-shirt that says, “Mail is my love language.” This traveled to my house from derk in an envelope peppered with cheerful, artsy stamps. Furthermore, I have the luxury of some use-it-or-lose-it vacation time to burn before end of the month, so I am enjoying it at home, not in the office.

I tasted before I investigated the description, and couldn’t quite place the flavor, although the scent was deliciously rich. Come to find out, says Whispering Pines, this is a lapsang souchong variety. If so, it is the mildest one I’ve ever sampled—like the outside rim of a very lightly toasted marshmallow rather than campfires and bacon.

ashmanra

So I am not the only one who loves a plethora of different stamps covering an envelope or package? Squeeeee! It gave me a happy.

gmathis

I hear Sesame Street stamps are available—can’t wait to hunt some down to use with my Sunday kid correspondence.

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