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I’m gonna write a better tasting note for this in the future, but this was my first tasting and it’s something I just absentmindedly sipped on while working on some Geek Steep outlines for recording tomorrow. It was a lot of cacao which was pretty decent tasting, though had a thin mouthfeel. I expected much more chili than I got though, and so I was a smidge let down by that.

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Ah, yes – just what my already ridiculous Lapsang Souchong addiction needed: Lapsang blended with 24K gold leaf. Is it extra as fuck? Yes. Did I still buy it IMMEDIATELY? Also yes. I’m like 95% sure this is exactly the same tea as “Demon Breath” (this company’s straight Lapsang Souchong) but with the added gold. Someday I’ll do a side by side and compare. If it is the same tea, I’m not bothered at all. This is basically my version of glitter or sprinkles in cookie/cake flavoured teas.

And there’s no such thing as too much Lapsang.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSmLKHLAah_/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csr32IFRT_g&ab_channel=TrunkyJuno-Topic

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Satanic tea?! Where has this been all my life?! LOL! A friend gifted me a bag of this today. She knew my little goth pumpkin loving heart would adore this and she was right! The company is hilariously spooky, has great graphics, most of their teas have fun ominous names and they have a tea club!

This tea is brisk! The leaves are chopped into a fine consistency and the mix was a little powdery from how fine it was chopped. I don’t get pumpkin, but I do get a ton of ginger! It was almost more of a gingerbread chai flavor than a pumpkin spiced one. I enjoyed the cup and look forward to more!

Roswell Strange

I love this company! They have an awesome Lapsang.


I saw your notes on it being fruity! Is that an added flavor or just a naturally occurring feature of the lapsang they have?

Roswell Strange

Just naturally occurring :)

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Mid afternoon tea break with this super smoky and surprisingly fruity Lapsang Souchong which is probably my favourite Lapsang of the moment. I always think of Lapsang as more like dragon’s breath, but demons work too…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CATN8MQg1FZ/

Also, FYI, I did NOT knock down this detour sign for the photo; I walk by it to get to my “tea stump” in the park & it’s been like this for a few weeks now. I even tried to fix it after the tea session and photos, but the weighted base is completely broken and can’t support it anymore…

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVHQ98Dm-AM


LOVE everything about that teaware!

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I steeped this one up in my yixing yesterday afternoon, and I was just so pleasantly surprised by it. I picked this up initially because I REALLY liked the marketing style of the company (plus they had reached out with a coupon code), and IMO there’s no such thing as too much Lapsang – but I had kind of expected it to be a bit more like a daily drinker/run of the mill Lapsang. This was unique, and different from any other LS that I currently own! This is a medium bodied brew with almost meat-y smoke notes, accented by a surprisingly sharp (but sweet) fruity note, almost like a just underripe cherry!

Definitely looking forward to more awesome sessions with this tea!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9KeRSYAqYq/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDh0uAI_uRM

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I know I had this tea not too terribly long ago but something about the combination of the lavender and peppermint was really calling to me this week, and I liked how soothing the herbal peppermint felt on my throat. The cherry on the top was the caffeine though – I could have very easily brewed up a ton of different peppermint based herbal blends for the same taste effect but just because I’ve been sick does not mean that I want to be tired all the time. I still worked from home half the week, so caffeine was CRUCIAL.

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I feel like no tea with the grim reaper on the front has any right to be this soothing and gentle, but I guess that’s also a huge part of the fun of it! Steeped this one up over the weekend and it was primarily just a damn good peppermint black tea with a nice floral undertone from the lavender.

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N is for… Necronomicane!

Snuck in one last “N tea” before moving on to my "O teas – and I’m glad it was this one. The peppermint was actually stronger and more menthol/cooling that I remembered it being, and those deeper mint notes mixed with the bold, full bodied black tea was this perfect punch of comforting, classic feeling tea – accented beautifully by hints of lavender. I love the balance of this blend, the simplicity of the flavours, and the stellar quality of all the ingredients used.

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Sipping this currently while making super – at this point it’s just stirring a pot occasionally, so gonna try to crack out some tasting notes…

I like this blend a lot; it’s simple in its flavours but the execution is solid. Very cool, crisp peppermint that is soothing – just the right amount of menthol to it and not at all muddy. The black tea adds body and a hint of malt, and the lavender is the cherry on top with just a hint of heady floral to round out the flavours.

This is exactly the kind of smooth, balanced and stress relieving black tea that I need in my life right now.

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It’s a little after Christmas, I know, so maybe a bit strange to have ordered a loosely “Candy Cane” flavoured tea – but I’ve been dying to try some of the teas from Pitch Black North for months now, so when they gave me a discount code at the start of January I had to cave and place an order…

What can I say, the unique marketing angle won me over.

Despite the loosely holiday themed name, the actual ingredients in this tea seemed like both the kind of thing I’d enjoy but also the kind of thing that would actually work year round. Sure enough, when I cracked open the sample bag is just smells like a really nice, really fresh peppermint tea. Steeped up, it’s almost just peppermint – but the black tea is providing some body that I think your standard cup of peppermint would be lacking, and the lavender adds a soft floral aroma that it soothing too. I actually don’t really taste it all that much, though.

It was a good tea, and refreshing/crisp! I was worried the peppermint might lean towards that more muddy/dirty type of peppermint but it’s much more of a crisp and cooling mint. Very clean finish, as well.

I look forward to eventually trying the other tea I picked up, and I’ve already been putting my “Hail Satan Steep Tea” mug to good use!

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