Red Leaf Tea eagerly scours the world for new flavors and herbal blends, and Twice-Smoked Tea certainly is one of the most exotic styles we have ever encountered! Twice Smoked Tea begins as a black tea, a type that is the best at absorbing flavors with a salty base. The leaves are allowed to smoke in confined rooms, with various hardwoods below them. After airing out in the sun, the tea undergoes another smoking and becomes thoroughly infused with smokehouse flavor. The blend of the strong rosy black tea with the pungent smokehouse effect is quite spectacular, and this tea is able to stand out when matched with a strong entrée like turkey, beefsteak, or other heavily sauced meats. Try some with a big holiday or festival dinner, and enjoy the tart flavor and palette-cleansing effect it provides! Order Twice-Smoked Tea soon, for a true gourmet’s delight!
Amount of water: 6 oz
Amount of Tea: 1 Flat teaspoon
Water Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 3 - 5 minutes.
While they don’t say on the Red Leaf site whether or not this is a Lapsang Souchong, it certainly smells like one. It smells like campfire. I like that smell…and I hate camping. The taste was much smoother than the average Lapsang. Instead of instantly tasting “burning”, it went down smooth. It betrayed a malty/floral note along with the smoky attributes.
The second best smoked tea I’ve ever tried.
Geoffrey Norman - Reviewer - Steepster.com