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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Golden Moon Tea Loose Leaf Black Tea 'lapsang souchong'

Tea Information:
Tea: lapsang souchong
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Golden Moon Tea
Purchase: Golden Moon Tea website
Description: Our Lapsang Souchong provides an enchanting and smoky taste that is created by slowly smoking the tea over fresh pine embers. Lapsang Souchong flavor is not overpowering; the taste is sweet and mellow like fine pipe tobacco. The rich tea absorbs the smoky flavor making the tea highly aromatic.

The characteristics of the Lapsang Souchong leaf support the flavor because of the shape and quality. The leaf is large, dark, of Souchong grade and smoked. The fine quality of the Lapsang Souchong leaf supports multiple infusions without sacrificing its unique, high-quality taste and flavor.

We believe our tea is better than other Lapsang Souchong because many others are flavored with strong smoke-flavored oil that tastes too strong and sometimes bitter. Our Lapsang Souchong is very aromatic, but when infused becomes more mellow and smooth.

Ingredients: Smoked, large-leaf china tea

Steep Information:
Amount: 2.5 tsp
Water: 2 zarafina cups
Tool: Zarafina black-loose-medium
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: campfire
Steeped Tea Smell: campfire, sweet
Flavor: sweet smoke, black tea
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: black tea
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

MilitiaJim was a little excited to have some tea, and grabbed a random Golden Moon sampler pack, so I don't have pictures of the loose leaf.

The reason I do not like lapsang souchong is not the flavor, but the constant fear and anxiety they give me - I keep looking for the fire and panicking that we need to evacuate.

Overall the tea is a sweet smoky smooth black tea with little astringency.

Resteep: Zarafina black-loose-strong = a very weak cup of black tea with smoky hints

MilitiaJim 3/4
AmazonV 2/4

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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