If you've never tried a "smoky" tea before, be sure you try a sample, first, like I did. When I opened the package, I was overwhelmed by a very strong campfire smell... the type you might expect when opening a bag of charcoal to grill with. I suppose some people enjoy this, as evidenced by other reviews, but this is the first time I've poured a cup of tea down the sink rather than drink it. Barbecue is not what I'm looking for in a morning tea! While I personally found it undrinkable, I still gave it 3 stars because the description is technically accurate.
I first learned of lapsang souchong when I read a description in James Michener's novel _Centennial_! I was immediately fascinated by the "smoky, tarry" tea and went out to buy some the very next day. Over the years I have tried it in bags and as loose tea, from a variety of providers, and Harney's is one of my top two. It's also one of my favorite Harney teas, and I drink several cups a week, usually at breakfast. If you enjoy smoky teas, give the grandaddy of them all a try.
I really appreciate this tea, I use this when things are a bit crazy at work and I need to pick it back up even though I am wearing down.
When I open the can I get the great smokey flavor which reminds me of calm days spent in front of my barrel smoker waiting to enjoy brisket, chicken, and other delicious foods.
For the five minutes its in the infuser I watch the color develop and bask in the aroma put out.
After it fills my mug and I take that first bracing drink I am mentally rejuvenated and ready to rock.
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