Review: Pure Aroma Tea Lapsang Souchong Oak

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Thumbs up!"Pure Aroma Tea Lapsang Souchong Oak is delicious, warm and woody"
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purearomalapsansouThe Lapsang souchong tea holds a special place in my heart. Likely, because I’m a fire-bug but also perhaps because it was the first loose-leaf tea I tried. This tea strongly tastes of hot embers, and smells like campfires on a cold Pacific NorthWest Spring morning. With that in mind, It’s one where people are strongly in favor of or against. (Kinda like marmite, but that’s a different topic)

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.

— To purchase Pure Aroma Tea Lapsang Souchong Oak, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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