Black Cask Bourbon

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Natural Flavours
Caramel, Vanilla, Wood, Smoke, Tobacco
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Edit tea info Last updated by Shae
Average preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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From Harney & Sons

With our new Black Cask Bourbon, we set out to combine the full body and intense aromas of black tea with the rich flavors of finely aged bourbon. The result is simple and stunning: prominent bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel and oak-cask layered atop a smokey base of black tea. Perfect for sipping slow and steady, as a bourbon should be.


Black tea, lapsang souchong, bourbon flavor. Contains natural flavors.

Details: A bold, smoky black tea.
Dry Leaves: Dark black leaves
Liquor: Dark brown
Aroma: Smoky & sweet
Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
Body: Medium-bodied
Flavors: Peat and vanilla-oak
Brewing Time: 5
Brewing Temp: 212º

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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186 tasting notes

There was enough to brew two cups in this sample from Shae, and the first attempt to brew some bourbon with tea leaves wasn’t that memorable. This morning was a different story, maybe I had a bit more leaf to water ratio. The first steep seemed a bit weak at first, but as it cooled, some interesting boozy vanilla notes and a woody taste come through. It had a pleasant aftertaste, but not a smoky note as you would expect with Lapsang.

The second steep has much less vanilla, and more caramel bourbon with a booze bite. Still an enjoyable cup, and I’m puzzled as to why I didn’t like the first cup from the sample. I’m not sure I need to search out more of this tea, but I did enjoy the taste. Thanks Shae!

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla, Wood

Lexie Aleah

I was eyeing this one the other day when I noticed it at Target. I should probably look on the website for a sample size before I commit to a whole tin of it though. It sounds really good!


At Target? No kidding? (I’m going to have to run by ours this weekend!)


I second that! Going to Target tomorrow!

Lexie Aleah

Hopefully, your Target has it in stock. Mine only had about 2-3 tins left.

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33 tasting notes

A lighter and more enjoyable version of Lapsang Souchong, you can smell the ume. Definitely tastes smoky, but not sure about bourbon. It’s ok.

Flavors: Smoke

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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155 tasting notes

My second sipping of this. The first time I could not taste much. This time i did 2 tsp in a pot and let it steep longer. Definitely taste it now.

To me it’s not that good of a taste but I can see how it can appeal to some. WIth my recommendation, I put no, but it could be yes for a certain crowd. To me it reminds me of alcohol and tobacco. Those two aren’t bad in themselves with tea or other flavors, but this isn’t my favorite from Harney by far. I wouldn’t order again but it’s drinkable.

With my remaining I may mix it with other teas and experiment. I have a full tin left.

I still don’t taste any smoke or lapsang. It is strong - but I do not enjoy Harney’s Lapsang much, this isn’t what I’d call a smokey tea.

Flavors: Tobacco

6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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6 tasting notes

Chemically smelling and tasting. This was not good. Disappointing, because I love bourbon.

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