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.