A famous tea that is made by withering tea leaves over open fires of fresh pine logs. Made in the WuYi Mountains, home of Oolong teas, Lapsong was a tea that European tea traders loved and the Chinese responded to their interest with production. In recent years, as black teas generally have gained interest in China, this tea has grown in popularity. We selected a lot that is not overly smoky but is hearty and rich and should satisfy. Goes well with breakfast, salty and spicy dishes, cheese and will warm one in colder weather.
Why we selected this particular lot. We look for a Lapsing that is medium in its smoke flavor and offers a fresh aroma. The base black tea is a large size leaf; it is thick and offers a rich flavor. The scenting by smoke, we prefer the scenting that it is not too heavy so the base black tea can be tasted. There is complexity and nuance to this tea yet it is smoky as well.
Interesting facts about this lot. This lot was grown and processed in Fujian Province, specifically in the WuYi Mountains. The leaves were grown on a farm at an elevation of 800 meters. The tea is fully oxidized Oolong leaf.
Taste profile. These long, black strips of leaf have a taste that is decidedly smoky, robust and a little biscuity. Use approximately 3 grams per 7-8 ounces of water at a temperature of 185 F. Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste. Cups to rich, enticing rust-red liquor color that will please.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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After oxidizing, the leaves are fired and then rolled, and placed in bamboo baskets and dried over smoking pine fires.
"Souchong" once was the term used to define a certain quality in Fujianese black tea.
Posted by Unknown on 16th Sep 2016
Medium smoky Lapsang with hints of pine and jerky
Rich, Smokey Goodness!
Posted by Hunter Kimble on 28th Aug 2016
I was never a big fan of Lapsang Souchong; it always seemed to be too "tarry" and "sooty" and overall rather "ragged". Then, I tried SRT's Lapsang!! Smokey but subtle and as smooth a cup of as any I've ever sipped. I have a new favorite and for anyone who's ever been put off by this variety for reasons similar to mine, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND giving this Lapsong a try. It has made a believer out me!
It's hard to find a really smoky lapsang
Posted by David on 24th Mar 2016
I was so in love with the blue flower earl grey, that i thought you'd have a great lapsang, too, but honestly found it just average.
Great flavor and smokey aroma
Posted by John on 11th Nov 2015
This is one of the more unique teas you will find. It has an intense, smokey aroma, but does not overpower the taste of the tea which is bold and flavorful.
As per usual, the tea was very fresh and of high quality. I always make a point to order this tea when available.