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Lapsang Souchong

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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.
  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile


  • Tastes like

    A strong campfire smokiness

  • Food pairing

    Try with smoked salmon for an intense smoky hit

  • When to drink

    Take a flask to the fireworks

Brew the perfect cup

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.

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* * * * * Yummy Tea by Kizzy Clark on 9th April 2018

I got myself the mini caddy in 2017. After my brother assumed I would find smoky tea too strong. Because of my sensory issues. That year he designed Elderflower Ear Grey in its place. Instead I found Lapsang Souchong very yummy. I just used half the mininal recommended amount, for a wee bit longer brew time. I restocked it twice. And am confused when I couldn't locate it on the site. Hoping it might be restocked some day, so I might restock & refill my mini caddy




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…
Tea is a natural product: it can be affected by harvests, the changing weather and other things outside of our control. This means that from time to time we’re forced to use a different crop or blend for our teas to meet our high standards of quality; it also means that we’ll occasionally have limited stock if a particular tea hasn’t met those standards, as we’re committed to only buying the best.

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