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Lapsang Souchong

The famously smoky tea from Fujian Province in China. Read More

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The famously smoky tea from Fujian Province in China.

A speciality of China's Fujian Province, this iconic smoky tea has been dried over fires of resin- sweet pine wood, 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 - 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.

A note from Whittard

“I don’t respond that well to caffeine, so I tend to go to our fruit and herbal infusions. Baked Apple is one of my favourites, and rooibos is lovely as a caffeine-free breakfast tea.”

- Octavia, Cambridge Store Manager


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…


Lapsang Souchong

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.

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* * * * * 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.

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