Lapsan Souchong

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Black Tea
Lapsang Souchong
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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I have never had a Lapsang Souchong before so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I thought… a little smokiness from the tasting notes. Well, I got smokiness to swoon over. It is really lovely!...” Read full tasting note

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Lapsang Souchong Black Loose Leaf Tea from the Fujian Province in China is a large, bold, full bodied whole leaf tea with a smoky flavor acquired from drying over pine wood fires.
This special smoked black tea from Fujian Province in China has a very distinctive flavor and aroma. The term “souchong” means sub variety. This is a sub variety of black tea from the Wuyi Mountains, where thick pine forests and heavy mists provide ideal environments for growing top quality tea.

Legend claims that the smoking process was discovered by accident when an army unit (during the Qing dynasty!) camped in a tea factory filled with leaves waiting to be processed. When the workers returned it was too late to follow usual procedures so they dried the leaves over open pinewood fires to hasten the process and created the sensational tea we know as Lapsang. You may have heard other legends all equally fascinating which only add to the intrigue of this tea, often described as an acquired taste!

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I have never had a Lapsang Souchong before so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I thought… a little smokiness from the tasting notes. Well, I got smokiness to swoon over. It is really lovely! Really brings back sweet memories of campfires with friends and family. What an aroma! I almost didn’t want to drink it, just breath it in. I added a just a bit of stevia and it became a smooth, lovely cup for sitting and reading the paper. (What’s a paper? Remember newspapers?) The smokiness is very enjoyable, in a relaxing way. It’s not a tea to bounce you out of bed in the morning. It’s more of a calm afternoon tea break. This is one I would not want everyday, but I can picture enjoying it many times in the future. This re-steeped twice with good results. :)

I’m on vacation in Florida and checking out all the tea shops nearby. I’ve bought about 20 teas this week. It’ll take some time to do tasting notes on all of them but gosh. I guess I just have to force myself to drink lots of new teas!

Flavors: Smoke

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Have a good vacation :)


Vacations are great for new tea! There aren’t any tea shops near where I live so I always look for tea buying opportunities when I’m on vacation too.


What part of Florida? I’m assuming not Orlando since we don’t seem to believe in tea over here or something.

carol who

I’m visiting Sarasota. July is not the time to visit Florida. I have been petitioning my mom to change her birthday to sometime in November but she seems reluctant. :P

I’ve gone to three really excellent tea shops and have gotten about 30 teas. Oops! I don’t think I’ll be able to sneak that by my husband very easily. I’ll write about the teas and places in my tasting notes when I get home.

I think I’ve gained about 3 lbs while I’m down here. Weight watchers is going to be very upset with me! All we do is eat. Even with all my walking (indoors 3-5 miles) I don’t think I’ve made a dent in all the weight I’ve gained. :(

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