Anyone who knows my deep love of Lapsang Souchong, and smoked tea in general, will understand how there was never a universe in which I didn’t order this unique smoked shou puerh and it’s smoked sheng counterpart. I’m thrilled that it lives up to my expectations! There’s a fruity sweetness to the undertones of this tea that reminds me of black cherry jam, but mostly the flavour is a dance between thick campfire smoke and petrichor and wet decaying wood. I described it to someone as “walking up to a summer campsite and smelling the smoke in the distance mixed with the freshness of the surrounding forest” and that’s not a bad description, but I think it’s more like that late summer bonfire right after you’ve doused the fire: that sweet smoky steam that fills the air over the newly soaked fire logs and soil. Fucking exquisite, either way!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kCmdrd0DXQ&ab_channel=SANHOLO