The other day I was in the mood for a tea that was different. . .a game changer . . .one that would shake up my taste buds and Formosa Lapsang fit that bill perfectly!
This particular tea is an oolong with that familiar smoky tone and flavor of a Lapsang black tea. So you are getting the best of both worlds. That gorgeous oolong setting with a smoky backdrop. Talk about shaking up a flavor profile. This tea does just that.
First you are greeted with this aroma of pure smoke. This tea variety is not for the faint of heart. (If you aren’t one that enjoys smoky teas, than this tea may not be your cuppa, but if you are, I highly encourage you to check this tea out. ) The flavor profiles are bold with
With each sip, you are greeted with that smoky rich flavor that gives both your taste buds a high five right along with your sense of smell. Bold, yet rich and smooth. The smoky notes combined with that familiar oolong flavor that I have come to really enjoy. Towards the end of the sip you start to get this earthy finish that completes the sip while that smoky tone does start to come back in a subtle aftertaste.
I can’t say that this tea would be an everyday drinking sort of tea, but for a switch on what I normally drink -which is green or white teas- this Formosa Lapsang was a very welcomed palette cleanser and one that reminded me of how tasty smoky teas are. Usually I do shy away from them, but I feel myself starting to open up to those varieties more.
All in all, a tea variety that absolutely delivers on flavor, quality, and uniqueness. this tea will be one that I will remember for some time to come!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Grey’s Tea
- Formosa Lapsang: a most unusual Lapsang tea from Formosa (Taiwan).
- It combines the earthy characteristics of Formosa’s oolongs with the pinewood aromas of Fujian Lapsang Souchongs.
- This aromatic tea is smoked uniquely over a combination of oak and pinewood.
- The typically coarse yet deep brown leaf produces a wonderfully balanced and subtly smoky tea.