lapsang/zhengshan xiao zhong style teas and to a lesser extent keemun
brewed nice and potent on a relatively full stomach
i wonder if this craving is because its been so windy, cold, and rainy past few months. Last year tea preference was not like this at all.
Today jings lapsang and also an unknown one from friend from china.
One is more lightly oxidized then the other(unknown). Both are satisfying in their own way. The jing really blends the smoke and sweet fruit well. That is its strength to me. The unknown has that added complexity and young spring-ness to it. It tastes more active, and the aftertaste is actually there for a bit. Oddly durability is about the same as jings, just slightly more. Both offer 4 good brews with generous leaf. On a good day 6 good brews when packed very heavy (though with the jings that would take more practice and some real thorough preheating and well timed flash infusions). The other one is pretty flexible. Noticeably more aroma in the spent leaves left out to dry on a plate.
Its pretty obvious which one costs more. Pretty elaborate presentation for a red tea that is not super rare. Ultimately I enjoy these style teas because I want something dark fruity sweet, smokey, potent palate/gut cleansing, thirst quenching after periods of dehydration and sleep deprivation. Something to wake me back into this world.
The unknown just didn't have enough smoke for me. A strong hint is all I want. This was just a hint. If only a little more smoke and I would be reaching for the unknown way more instead of about even.
If anyone has any recommendations on a nice tea with strong smokey hint
let me know