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Lapsang Souchong Loose Tea

Dried over fires of resin-sweet pinewood... Read More

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£4.50 RRP £6.50

Item Code: 301473 / Net weight: 100g / 3.53oz

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Dried over fires of resin-sweet pinewood...

Grown solely in China’s Fujian Province, this iconic smoky tea has been dried over fires of resin- sweet pinewood, a technique discovered by accident way 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 wood from the local pine forests. European merchants soon developed a taste for the astonishingly aromatic brew – and the rest is history…

  • Origin

    China, Fujian Province

  • Tastes like

    Smooth, with a distinctive smokiness

  • When to drink

    During a mid-morning brunch


Brew the perfect cup

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.

A note from Whittard

“I’m a huge oolong fan – the sheer diversity of different flavours is pretty mind-boggling. My favourites are the creamy, almost buttery high grown oolongs grown in Taiwan.”

- Bethan, Specialist Tea Buyer


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…

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* * * * * Lapsang souchongs by Nick bohan on 13th May 2015

An Impressive lapsang souchong tea a complex smoke aroma in smell and taste a high quality tea for the bold tea lover

* * * * * Personal Blend by marina on 20th April 2015

I blend it with English Breakfast or Russian Caravan in order to have a more delicate flavour: it's really wonderful

* * * * * Lapsang Souchong by David Hately on 13th April 2015

This is a very complex Lapsang Souchong and can provide very different drinks when changing only the brew time. Short brewing gives a more smoky, thinner tea (along the lines of a Pu-erh, but very smoky) - while longer brewing releases the oily mouth-feel and reduced smoky flavours. I drink it either with or without milk. A long brew, quite strong, with a dash of milk reminds me of steam locomotive workshops!

* * * * * Normally a non tea drinker. by Ed Hart on 29th July 2014

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 by Martin Frost on 25th July 2014

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 by HS on 19th July 2014

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.

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