Smoky Spice Black Tea

Tea type
Black Honeybush Blend
Black Tea, Honeybush, Lapsang Souchong, Natural Flavours, Spices
Campfire, Cinnamon, Smoke, Spices, Anise, Cream, Spicy, Cardamom
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Loose Leaf
Edit tea info Last updated by Magycmyste
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 11 oz / 340 ml

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Tea of the Week for September 14, 2015!

This tea actually began as my Masterpiece Chai. While I was blending the spices, I toasted my cumin and I think either the cumin was especially fresh (not a bad thing at all) or I used too much cumin (much more likely) but the resulting blend ended up tasting strongly of smoky cumin. So I decided to add some Lapsang Souchong to amplify the smoky notes and create a Smoky Spice blend. This is a chai with a pleasant smoky tone – it’s not overly smoky – which is fine with me because I’m not a huge fan of a strong smoky essence. This has just the right level of smoke with a pleasant spicy note that isn’t too spicy, and it’s a little sweet and a little savory. It’s really nice.

Large size is approximately 2 ounces.

All Organic Ingredients: Black Teas, Honeybush, Secret Blend of Spices, Vanilla Bean & All-Natural Flavors.

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1403 tasting notes

This unopened three-year-old sample bag of tea magically turned up yesterday as I was heading out for a day of meditation. Oh hurray and happy days! I love this one and the smoky cardamom spice worked beautifully on a bitterly cold day. All the flavours are in perfect balance. Exactly what I needed. I am currently on day two of this and enjoying it immensely. A profound help in dealing with the kid shrieking next door intermittently throughout the day.

Have we discussed tea and mental health?

Also, why don’t I have more smoky teas? They are such a delight to have on hand when needed.

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190 tasting notes

See my full review on Sororitea Sisters:

Flavors: Campfire, Cinnamon, Smoke, Spices

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3863 tasting notes

Grab bag tea! Not much to say about this one, but it’s definitely spicy and definitely smoky. Smoky spice! I like smoky teas and chai, so this one works for me. It just isn’t as special as some other 52Teas blends!

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673 tasting notes

Smokey spice black tea by 52teas review.

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

Dry leaf: spicy, star anise, cinnamon.

Wet leaf: same but intensified.

Light steep: I taste/smell; light —→ cream, cinnamon, basketballs?, brand new nike shoes? Both In a good way. Note: Must have lapsang souchong in it.

Medium steep: I taste/smell, light cream. Medium —→ cinnamon, basketballs , brand new nike shoes.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell; medium cream. Strong —→ cinnamon, basketballs, brand new nike shoes.

All in all a very yummy tea. Nice blend and lovely cha qi. I rate a 100 even though I’m not much for blends.

There must be some lapsang souchong in there. I love that tea.

Many thanks to Anne of 52 teas for the free sample.

Extra photo:

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Cream, Spices, Spicy

200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 6 OZ / 165 ML

I think I have this one here. I might give it a go in the morning and/or this weekend. :)

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14093 tasting notes

admittedly i’ve had a litte wine now…so i’m not focused on this note. omgsrsly sent this to me and indicated on the bag that i should have it as a latte or nogtea…so i did. and it was goo esp once i added a little vanilla sugar to the mix.

…also jr mints + red wine = happy place for Sil.

Final Count: 164


jr mints and red wine? interesting. :)


oh yes… but like WITH the wine… both in your mouth at the same time – most people drink wine with a meal and forget to actually have both in their mouth at the same time…not that i’m saying jr mints are a meal…i mean they could be..


That… mint and chocolate and wine? All together?!


I’ve been craving red wine something fierce these past few days. Chocolate and red wine, I can see, but the peppermint, I can’t even imagine what that would be like.


we did a junk food pairing at a winery. It made my day our of all the junk food we did. the others were chips, chocolate chip cookies and twizzlers. All paired with different types of wines.


also depends on the red – but i haev a good sense for what i like when doing it heh now

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2290 tasting notes

Soooo. When Bear With Me mentioned this tea I had to get a packet of it as well. It sounded so intriguing! And I thought the “Secret blend of spices” bit was cute and a little cheezy.

Opening the bag, it’s kind of intense. The spices and lapsang mix to give almost a meaty scent. If you do not like smoky teas, stay away from this one. FAR away. Srsly.

Steeped for my standard time, it smells like a campfire. OMG, so good. Campfire and some spices. This is not a usual chai. I think I have to add some milk though. The weather is pretty perfect for this tea right now too. Although it got nice and warm today, now that the sun’s gone down it’s nice and crisp outside and I can smell that people are burning wood fires in my neighbouhood.

Letting it cool as recommended is hard.


This is seriously a smoky spice tea. There’s really nice smoke. There’s spices toasting in a cast iron skillet. There’s charcoal briquette BBQ going on a bit too, with everything rubbed in the toasted spice mixture.

I think I like it. Definitely not your usual tea. And actually fairly smoky. It’s almost as smoky as the Murchie’s Russian Caravan that I loved with maple whipped cream. So I might have to get some heavy cream and mix some up have with this tea.

(2 tsp in 12 oz for 3 min at 195F)

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

And I thought the “Secret blend of spices” bit was cute and a little cheezy. – that’s just what I was going for! Haha!


It’s pretty easy to ID them! I love the crushed cardamom pods.


I know. And I figure if anyone has any dietary concerns they can always contact me and I’m happy to offer them whatever information they need. :)


@OMGsrsly – I crush all the spices myself with my mortar and pestle. I figure the whole spices – like allspice for example – isn’t really going to unlock a lot of flavor if it’s kept in it’s whole form, but if you use the preground stuff, they begin to lose their flavor almost instantly so I want to get as much flavor as possible while keeping things as fresh as possible.

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I was sure I’d like this the moment I read the description. Ever since I’d tried a lapsang souchong, I’d wondered how a lapsang chai blend would be. I steeped this mostly according to the instructions. The temperature didn’t quite make it as high as recommended, but it was a temperature I like to brew at. And after letting it steep for 4 minutes, I let it cool while I took a shower (probably longer than the recommended 10 minutes)

This chai is a little different, I’ll grant, since it’s heavy on the cumin (I think cardamom is usually the most predominant flavor I get from most other chais), but I do get a bit of the chai flavor, and the warmth of the cumin blends beautifully with the smokiness of the lapsang.

I think I’m going to want a larger bag of this one. Or two. It’s so fiery and warm. And again, different from anything I’ve had before.

Flavors: Cardamom, Smoke, Spices

165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

I’m glad you enjoyed this one!


It was great! Did a second steep today, it was just as good!

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