Lapsang Souchong

Thick black leaf, medium smoke flavor, rich.

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 in cold 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 and its "smokey" flavor is balanced and clean. 

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.

Brewing suggestions.  Use one level teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 F.  Steep for 2- 3 minutes and taste.  A longer steep will bring more flavor into the cup.

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  • 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.