Lapsang Souchong is one of the world’s oldest and most distinctive teas, you either love it or hate it. Traditionally smoke dried over pinewood fires, it takes on the distinctive smoky flavour. Grown in the Wuyi area of Fujian, it is said to be the first black tea in history. “Souchong” refers to the fourth and fifth leaves of the tea plant, further away from the more highly prized bud of the tea plant. These leaves are coarser than the leaves closer to the bud and have fewer aromatic compounds. Smoking provides a way to create a marketable product from these less desirable leaves.
The leaves are roasted in a bamboo basket called a honglong which is heated over burning firewood, which contributes to the dried longan aroma and smoky flavour. Pinewood is used as the firewood for lapsang souchong and contains the characteristic resin aroma and taste.
INGREDIENTS:-Luxury Black Tea
ORIGIN:-Fujian Province, China. Grown: 3500 – 5000 ft above sea level
Brew guide: heaped teaspoon of loose tea for 200ml boiled water, steep fro 3-7 minuted depending on desired strength.