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A speciality of China's Fujian Province, smoky Lapsang Souchong is dried over fires of resin-sweet pinewood, a technique discovered by accident back in the 16th century. After a travelling army decided to spend the night in the tea warehouses, there was only one thing to save the tea from the stench: smoking it over local pinewood. European traders soon developed a taste for the astonishingly aromatic tea christened Lapsang Souchong – and the rest is history.
A strong campfire smokiness
Try with smoked salmon for an intense smoky hit
Take a flask to the fireworks
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.
Lovely smokey tea by Ade on 13th October 2015
This is a lovely smokey tea, it reminds me of drinking tea around a bonfire, i love it.
The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
Our smoky Lapsang is a real bonfire brew, so we thought we'd give it the number 511 to remember, remember the 5th of November. Fabulous with fireworks and toffee apples.
This tea takes its name from the camel-drawn caravans which travelled the ancient trade routes through Russia to the tea-tables of Europe. A century in the making, this was one of our very first blends: a combination of rich Indian tea, smoky Lapsang Souchong and refreshing Nepalese tea to mellow that campfire smokiness.More Details
This Flowery Orange Pekoe tea from the southern province of Yunnan in China has a rich, malty taste which you could compare to a full-bodied Assam. The golden buds of the young leaves give it that molten treacle sweetness and the slightest suggestion of spice and smoke. It's lovely with a little milk as an alternative breakfast brew.More Details
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