Castle Black, Lapsang Souchong, Spring 2020
NOTE: Castle Black is our rotating smoked Lapsang Souchong. This means that it is the most well balanced LS we can find at any given moment. This is slightly more smoked than the 2019 version, but more textured overall and better in my opinion!
Lapsang Souchong is a black tea dried over smoking pine fires. Castle Black is hands down the most overall well-processed lapsang souchong I've come across. The tea itself really shines through on this one, bringing forth layers of honey and pine, spice and far-off campfires. The quality of the base tea is very evident in this LS rendition, and I'm hoping to be able to keep stocking it for anyone that loves this style (myself included of course!).
This tea is only gently smoked. If you are searching for a heavily smoked Lapsang Souchong, I would give my top recommendation to Ashes of Autumn.