The Lapsang Souchong leaves help to fill out the strength at the core of this tea whose underlying flavours can be trying to detect beneath the Lapsang. Russian Country has citric notes, fruit notes, and even the peachy red hints of oolong according to the lesser leaves of the blend. Still, it is undeniably a smoky tea at the end of the day.
Russian Country's nearly pipe-ready character provides the kind of hearty experience that speaks of survival, long journeys, and the final satisfying arrival of a parcel whose contents hail a sturdy Chinese tisanal.
Base leaf: Black tea.
Health properties: Reported restorative, energy and focus positive.
Flavor strength: Full, smoky. Primary collection is smoke: pine atop cooling oak, citrus, and peach.
As soon as you pour your water over these leaves you will feel like you are smelling a freshly started woodstove fire. It's a friendly smell and makes you feel at home. It is a very woodsy tea. The outdoor and wood flavor continues through the taste. If you like this type of flavor this tea is for you. I wasn't able to drink the whole cup black (as I typically drink most of my teas), the woodsy smoky was just a bit much for me (just preference). I added a splash of half and half and a splash of white sugar. It softened the smoky taste and the tea was softer for the remaining mug.