Lapsang Souchong is amongst the most famous of Chinese black teas and are known for its delicious and savoury smoked flavours that are an amazing accompaniment to savoury, meaty dishes and famously likened to fine scotch whiskey.
For our Lapsang, we start with the plant and ensure that only the finest, most receptive leaves are picked before smoking over resin-rich pinewood to oxidise the leaves and develop their natural flavour for a bold, robust and substantial cup redolent with sultry smoke.
Lapsang Souchong is a very well-known black tea, originally from the Wuji mountains in China. It is most well known for its distinctive, smoky flavour that creates a strongly savoury infusion that pairs well with strong, meaty flavours and is often compared to drinking good scotch whiskey.
Less well-known is that the development of the smoky, whiskey flavours is not by design; but a by-product of a need for a fast and effective preservation method for tea leaves.
As the story goes, villager tea farmers on the Wuji mountains often found that their harvest were at risk of damage and ruin from the passage of armies who cared little for trampling over the livelihood of village folk; and roving marauders who would loot, slash and burn as they travelled often decimating crops and ruining harvests.
In order to make sure that the precious tea leaves made it through harvest to market, the villagers had to find a way to speed up the process of preserving the leaves to get them to market before they could be stolen or destroyed, and so a method of quickly oxidising leaves was proposed with the leaves being laid out over pine fires to speed up the oxidisation process. As a result, the leaves naturally infused with the scent of pine smoke which, instead of ruining the leaves, made them a hugely popular delicacy with the British and Dutch who would pay premiums for these specially smoked teas.
Today the smoking method is a little less provincial and the leaves picked for smoking are of much higher quality; but Lapsang Souchong serves as a wonderful reminder that necessity is the mother of invention!
Place one teaspoon per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling.
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
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