|"Pure Aroma Tea Lapsang Souchong Oak is delicious, warm and woody"|
This is a black tea made from less desirable leaves ("Suchong" refers to the 4th and 5th pairings of leaves on the tea plant, which purportedly are not as sapid as the leaves closer to the bud), and cured with smoke from Oak wood. Surprisingly, this tea is not highly favored in china. It is referred to as “Western Tea” according to Wikipedia. None-the-less, this tea reminds me of Obsidian, dark and smoky and rich.
The difference between smoking this tea over Oak rather than Pine is in the edge. It has a much more mellow edge when cured with Oak smoke. Pure Aroma's website states that it tastes sweet and tarry and that is right on. More traditional Pine cured Lapsang definitely has a harsher edge. Each has its appeal.
I prefer it hot but cool is equally pleasant. As for the lemon wedge that Pure Aroma suggests? Well, you can leave the fruit for me, thanks.
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