The smokiness of Lapsang Souchong tea goes beautifully with certain tea sandwiches and cakes. It's a very distinct flavour - definitely an acquired taste.
When my brother and I were young, we used to call it crapsang poopong.... But as I grew older, I learned to love it.
Lapsang Souchong is originally from China from a small region called Wuyi. It gets the smoky taste quite literally from being smoked over a fire of pine wood.
When it is poured, you can really smell the smokiness.
I've tried Lapsang with both milk and without. I personally really prefer it without - so long as the tea is not over brewed. I would urge you to try Lapsang without milk. It's such a delicate flavour, and it's very refreshing to drink just on its own.
Of course, whether you sweeten it or not is a personal preference....
Lapsang is a lovely tea to drink with ham sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches. All these taste wonderful with the smoky flavour.
As for other afternoon tea treats, I love this tea with hot buttered pikelets when the flavour really cuts through the butter.
Lapsang is great with light fruit cakes, such as apple cake. Or you can make a tea loaf and use Lapsang as the tea (usually I use Earl Grey).
I do also enjoy Twinings Lapsang Souchong.
Use a teaspoon per cup and make with water freshly boiled from the kettle. I leave my tea for just three minutes because I prefer a lighter flavour without milk.
I used to drink Lapsang tea with milk in it, and in this case, I think it needs to be brewed for longer - five minutes is perfect.
For general details on brewing the perfect cup of black tea, see my How to Brew Tea page.