Monday, December 5, 2022

Tea Review: Lapsang Souchong (Kaley Tea)

Lapsang Souchong
Kaley Tea
Type: Flavored Black
Origin: Sri Lanka, Kotapola
Product Description:
Tea leaves withered by rainforest winds are gently handrolled and smoked with Cinnamon wood on a traditional clay oven. 

Smoky notes reminiscent of forest campfire linger as a soulful blend of creamy Cinnamon and flowers pass you-by!
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2-3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of campfire smoke and cinnamon.

The copper orange infusion has a heavy aroma of smoke with a hint of cinnamon.  The taste is smoky with cinnamon notes and a long, smoky finish.

Steeping the first infusion for 2-3 minutes produced the best results for my preferences, though a shorter steeping time will still have good results if you prefer something mellower.  Reducing the steeping time to 1 minute following the initial infusion resulted in full smoky flavor with no astringency.  This tea was flavorful throughout three infusions and a delight for people like myself who favor smoky teas.  

Kaley Tea is located in a forested, lowland region of southern Sri Lanka, adjacent to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a tropical rainforest and UNESCO World Heritage Site. They specialize in organically grown teas plucked from 100-year-old tea trees and hand-processed in limited batches.

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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