Lapsang Souchong is a smoked tea with a distinctive flavor, with the heady aroma of an oak fire.
The tea originates from Fujian province of China. The Fukienese word ‘souchong’ means subvariety - that is a subvariety of other black teas from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian. When Lapsang Souchong was first exported to western European countries and became famous on the international markets - it was no doubt due to the distinct aroma and flavor. Interestingly the best Lapsang is produced in the nature preserve located in the Wuyi mountains where the high mountains with thick pine forests and heavy mist provide the ideal environment for growing top quality tea.
Legend claims that the smoking process was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through Xingcun (Star Village) camped in a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers left and the workers could get back into the premises, they realized that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the usual way. So they lit open fires of pine wood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but the smoked pine flavor created a sensation!
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Lapsang souchong is a variation on black tea from the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian province in China. The tea, an ordinary black blend, is smoked, which gives the blend a distinct woody and smoky taste. Our selection of lapsang souchong tea includes some loose varieties by the English Tea Store, as well as bagged blends by various name brands. For loose teas specifically, our options for lapsang souchong include standard Chinese an organic blends.