Origin: Fujian Province, China Leaf Type: Black Tea Taste: Smooth and smoky Drink: Best without milk Brew: 3-5 minutes according to taste When to drink: Morning
Lose yourself in the smoky depths of this classic Chinese tea that brings to mind summer campfires amid sweetly-scented pine forests.
Made only in the Fujian Province of China, Lapsang Souchong's unmistakable flavour comes from the resin-sweet pine wood fires the leaves are dried over. This technique was developed in the 16th century, an exceptionally peaceful period in China. At this time powerful Ming Dynasty Emperors employed armies to cross the country and keep the peace. Tea producing regions regularly hosted the travelling soldiers who repeatedly interrupted the production of traditional black teas, occupying warehouses and tea gardens. As a result, innovative farmers decided to dry the leaf by smoking it over local pine wood to create a new style of tea which wasn't affected by the soldiers presence. The richly fragrant leaf was well received by European traders in the region.
With its evocative, smoky taste, Lapsang Souchong is perfect for anyone who likes their tea a little bit different. Perfect for mornings, it continues to be a favourite amongst tea drinkers today.
Ideally warm the pot first with a splash of hot water. Use one teaspoon (around 2g) per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be drunk with or without milk.
Coffee is normally my drink. I always refuse tea as a drink. However my wife suggested I gave this blend a try. The flavour is nothing like I was expecting. To my a lovely earthy flavour and I am now hooked. It's a refreshing change from my normal coffee. Love it.
Not for me
25th July 2014 Posted by
I tried this and was not a fan, Tasted like burnt food, :( You know.. you burn something and think, Oh well I can eat around it, But then find out the food has that burnt taste to it..
Brilliant and rich
19th July 2014 Posted by
Out of all the lapsang souchongs I've tried this definitely has the richest, most intriguing flavour. Rather than a plain smoky aroma the smoke has a hint of sweetness on an overall savoury flavour reminscient of a grilled meal, almost like a pu-erh. Lovely with milk too; the flavour isn't lost at all.