Review: Chah Lapsang Souchong Premium

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Thumbs up!"This is not a Lapsang Souchong for those who are unsure. This is one for those who know they enjoy it."
K’s Teaview: 7.8/10
Other Teaviews: Jamie gave it 7.5/10, Geoff gave it 6/10
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chahtealaspangsouchongWhether you love it, hate it, or anywhere in between, Lapsang Souchong is a classic tea. It is also unreasonably hard to find. Sure, plenty of places carry something labeled with that name, but as someone who falls in the middle of the LS appreciation scale, I tend to only enjoy the higher-end offerings with extra smoky deliciousness. I'd say this being labeled "Premium" is a good place to start, especially since they have a regular version. Of course, that means I expect quite a bit more from this, since it also comes with a higher price tag than their non-premium.

One heaping teaspoon per cup, boiling water, 2 minutes. I am so pumped. The tea has a perfect smoky scent. It's brilliant. The flavour is as strong as the scent implies. It is a bit harsh, but not enough to detract. The smokiness is real and perfectly done. Unsurprisingly, the cup smooths as it cools and becomes more mild. It's a much easier drink when warm rather than scalding.

Even though I rarely get a successful second steep out of LS, I try a five-minute one anyway. No shock that it's milder, but it holds out very well. It has a nice sweet smokiness and is a great follow-up to the first cup. I would definitely resteep this again.

This tea is certainly worth the expense, and even though Chah has a cheaper commercial one, I wouldn't brave it. For this kind of tea, I prefer to just pay more and get the best than settle for anything else. This is not a Lapsang Souchong for those who are unsure. This is one for those who know they enjoy it.

— To purchase Chah Lapsang Souchong Premium, 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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