August 21, 2018

In Pursuit of Tea Lapsang Souchong Tongmu Reserve

One of my favorite people to drink tea with is one of my husband's aunts. Our most recent tea time was at Té Company for the Té + In Pursuit of Tea pairings. In the flight we chose, the Lapsang Souchong Tongmu Reserve was our favorite. Keep reading to find out why.

Aunt E treated us both to In Pursuit of Tea Lapsang Souchong Tongmu Reserve to take home. I am slowly working my way through the pouch. It is a special tea both for its taste and for where it is grown. The tea plants are grown in a Fujian village with limited access to outsiders, but fortunately for tea drinkers, In Pursuit of Tea was able to visit the village. Lapsang Souchong can be an acquired taste if it's not processed well. This Lapsang Souchong does not have any of the typical acrid flavor and harsh smoke smell. Here's the process for making this particular Lapsang Souchong sourced by In Pursuit of Tea:
[The leaves are withered] in a smokehouse, spread on bamboo mats above smoldering local Chinese red pine[,] then a repeated sequence of rolling and firing.

Lapsang Souchong Tongmu Reserve

The dry leaves of this twisted leaf black tea smell like thick cut bacon sweetened with maple syrup and dried fruit. I steeped 3 grams in 200F for five infusions. The first cup was gently sweet and coniferous in taste. The second infusion was also sweet and coniferous but more forceful in its aroma. As the liquor cooled, the body of the tea thickened. I tasted chocolate mousse mid-palate. The third infusion was consistent with previous cups with the addition of a creamy texture which I felt on the roof of my mouth. The fourth cup was sweeter than the previous ones. Imagine infusing your tea leaves in maple water. The smoky character of the tea had lightened. The final infusion was very long at 10 minutes. The liquor was still aromatic! The tea was smooth, sweet, and smoky, with a new woody note.

In Pursuit of Tea writes that this Lapsang Souchong has cranberry and lilac flavors. I did not taste these notes specifically, but I highly recommend this tea. You can purchase Lapsang Souchong Tongmu Reserve on the In Pursuit of Tea website. The price is $35.50 for 2 ounces.

1 comment :

  1. My favorite tea is red rooibos tea. I steep my tea for 7 minutes.


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