Lapsang Souchong

Decidedly smoky, robust & biscuity

A tea made famous by its story of origin and its early trading in the world market. Lapsang is made by withering tea leaves over open fires of fresh pine logs. Made in the WuYi Mountains, this is a tea that European tea traders loved and the Chinese responded to their interest with production. We selected a lot that is not overly smoky but is hearty and rich and will satisfy. It goes well with salty and spicy dishes, cheese and will warm in cold weather.

Lot Notes. We look for a Lapsang that is medium in its smoke flavor and offering a crisp aroma. The base black tea is a large size leaf and offers a rich flavor. The scenting by smoke, we prefer the scenting that it is not too heavy so the base black tea is tasted. There is complexity and nuance to this tea and its "smokey" flavor is balanced and clean. Lot # 1.

Tea Facts. This lot was grown and processed in the WuYi Mountains. The tea is made using fully oxidized oolong leaves. Lot was made in 2021.

Tasting Notes. These long, black strips of leaf have a taste that is decidedly smoky, robust and a little biscuity. Cups to rich, enticing rust-red liquor color that will please.

Brewing Suggestions. Use one level teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf for 8 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 F. Steep for 2.5 - 3 minutes and taste. Higher water temp and a longer steep will bring more flavor & body into the cup.

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  • 1
    Lapsang Souchong

    Posted by Will on 6th Mar 2021

    God awful. I would describe the taste as unflavored cough syrup. Someone out there may like this, but I think they would be a very rare person.

  • 5

    Posted by Sergii Bogomaziuk on 2nd Jul 2020

    Excellent tea, true to its description.

  • 2
    Not my favorite

    Posted by Susie Jensen on 21st Mar 2019

    The tea seems to be of high quality but it is not for me. What I assume is the pine aroma and taste reminds me of turpentine. Hoping it would be better brewed, I tried a few sips of the brewed leaf. Unfortunately, I still did not like it. Will be giving this tea away to a friend who loves this variety.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Sep 2016

    Medium smoky Lapsang with hints of pine and jerky

  • 5
    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!

  • 3
    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.

  • 5
    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.