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Black Tea
Chinese Keemun Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Natural Bergamot Oil, White Tea, Yunnan Black Tea
Peat, Smoked
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 9 oz / 266 ml

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From New Mexico Tea Company

An interesting twist on the traditional Earl Grey, this tea is made with Chinese Lapsang Souchong to add a savory smoothness to the citrus notes of Bergamot. Best in the afternoon, and suggested without milk.

Legend claims that the smoking process for lapsang souchong was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through Xingcun camped in a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers left and the workers could get back into the premises, they realized that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the usual way. So they lit open fires of pinewood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but also the smoked pine flavor created a sensation!

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A really nice twist on the classic Earl Grey. You know me, I love me some Earl Grey. I’m not always fond of smoky teas though, so this was a questionable tea for me to order, I guess I was feeling adventurous when I did order it.

I’m glad that the smokiness is not overwhelming. It IS smoky, but, the smoked notes do not interfere with the tangy citrus notes of bergamot. In fact, I really liked how these two flavors mingled together to create a very unique and lovely kind of flavor that was kind of new to my palate, but at the same time, familiar. I like!

A memorable tea.

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I liked this tea but it wasn’t what I was expecting. All I could taste was the lapsang souchoung. I may have to try again with some cooler water.

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Oh, I like this one very much! I could see it rotating with Upton Imports Baker Street Blend for my occasional afternoon “smoke break” tea. I love the way it smells. The tannins and astringency build by the end, but it’s hard for me to tell if that’s just because this is the third earl grey I’ve tested this afternoon. :b

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This was my first sampler of this company based on a recent semi-large order. I am a big smoked tea fan, and have become very much a fan of earl greys the past two years.

The website does not list all the ingredients, but according to the package it is: Lapsang Souchong, Keenum, Yunnan, Bergamont Flavoring, and White tea. Updated the listed on Steepster.

I tried it yesterday first but the pairing of food was a disaster. I enjoy eating cheeses and sometimes crackers with cheese, I find that they compliment tea without altering the flavors, probably because of the creaminess of the cheeses and sometimes the buttery crackers. My mom gifted me with a ghouda cheese with pepper, and I dug into both at the same time. A mistake. This ghouda cheese had chilies (???), so the pepper in this case did not make me trust the sampler as it was too spicy. I got the smoke, but was thinking the cheese was overpowering any earl grey.

So, today, second sampler. 6 oz water with 1 tbsp and I kept the brew at the recommendation of 4 minutes. This is a STRONG tea. It is only for Smoke fans. It is not “mild smokiness”. The Lapsang is the predominant tea certainly. The last ingredient listed is white tea, which I don’t get, unless they use to soften or that is how they add in the Earl Grey.

Speaking of which, the earl grey part is very small. I sense it today but it is more of the last note of the sips, and not the main when first drinking. It is smoke, then pleasant and smooth black tea, then some mild earl grey.

Very enjoyed! Would go great on evenings with porch reading, a cozy blanket, and non-spicy sharp cheddar :D

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cameron B.

Reading this just made me want cheese lol!

Also, I really love Lupicia’s Earl Grey Grand Classic if you ever want a more subtly smoky Earl Grey. :)


Haha happy to spread around the cheese cravings :D
And thanks for the recommendation of another to try


Ooooh that cheese sounds good! Now I wanna eat cheese paired with a Lapsang. The idea of a smoky EG is intriguing to me, but the Keemun puts me off since I’m not a big fan. What an unusual blend!


Nattie, it is definitely a strong tea and I enjoyed it :)

And yes, cheese and strong teas are so perfect together for me, especially the smoky teas

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Do you like Laphroaig? If you do, THIS is your tea. If you don’t so much—then nope, this is not your tea.
Smells like Laphroaig, tastes faintly of iodine, smells very strongly of peat. Not my thing. Nope.
I can’t give it an honest numerical rating, though, because it might be excellent tea. I can’t get past the smell.

Flavors: Peat, Smoked

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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