3 Tasting Notes


I had this last night. I used to have fond thoughts of this tea… but does it have an expiration date, because this totally let me down! it wasn’t happy and warm and comforting like it used to be! it was bland… and… boring…

perhaps it expired.

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I drank this the other morning, because on a rare occasion- coffee sounds too thick in the morning. But I enjoy caffeine. So I chose this little buddy.

I prepared it the way I prepare everything. Splenda + Creamer.

I have to say, it was a good way to start the day. I didn’t really feel the energizing effectiveness (as I never do) but the taste was pleasantly strong, even with creamer in it. And I kept thinking I smelled campfire… but this was MATE not lapsang souchong… so maybe I imagined it. But I enjoyed it. :)

4 min, 30 sec

And it has a buffalo, so bonus!
Did you get something from LTR that had lapsang souchong in it? If you did and this box was next to the bag, you might actually be smelling campfire. I had a plastic bag of yunnan near another plastic bag of black currant tea and now my yunnan smells like fruit. Boo.

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it really does smell like campfire! well, campfire with a hint of berry :D

but it doesn’t taste like campfire, and i suppose that’s a good thing… to be honest, maybe I put too much splenda in- but it tastes like a normal (though very nice cup of black tea) with a hint of berry… and the lovely campfire smell.

i still really like it. The description makes it sound like it’s a wonderful fall tea and it does remind me of burning leaves a bit- but moreso I love sniffing and imagining i’m in a chateau ski-lodge in Colorado.

update uhmm, it’s highly possible i oversteeped this tea… perhaps 5 minutes is too much. because it’s starting to taste bitter.

i added creamer and that’s softened it. much better!

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Yay London Tea Room! Yay you posting a review! Yay! :)

I actually had some Lapsang souchong yesterday and it was remarkably not horrible. You might like it – sort of like drinking the sweet aftermath of a light campfire…. MUCH lighter than the smell would indicate. Dan said it was like drinking Liquid Smoke. So how do you feel about that? Hehe.

With the gunpowder in it, you might try 2 -3 mins to see if that helps the bitter. And with berry and whatnot, you might not need your normal mega-levels of sweetener. Maybe. But yay for creamer fixing it!


Berry and cream campfire… While the tasting note was a delight to read, just not my cup of tea:)

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