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lapsang souchong

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 (8 reviews)

type: black

origin: china

region: fujian uji

variety: lapsang souchong

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

Lapsang Souchong, also referred to as smoked tea, is one of the worlds' oldest and most distinctive black teas. The tea is grown in the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian Province of China and is made by only a select number of estates. Once a very secretive process, Lapsang Souchong is prepared using the same manual techniques today that have been passed down from generation to generation. After the tea is plucked, the leaves are withered over cypress or pine wood fires. They are later placed into barrels so that the smoky aroma intensifies. As a final step, the leaves are placed into flat wicker baskets and positioned on bamboo trays over smoky pine fires, where they dry and absorb even more aroma. The finished tea leaves are thick and black and when steeped in hot water, produce a rich tea with a unique, smoky taste.

Recent reviews

    • 

      Very smoky smelling tea. I will say it kind of reminds me of smoked salmon, but once it has steeped, it's just a really nice tea, complex and rich. Not the best lapsang for sure, but if I see it at the grocery store, I don't hesitate to buy if I'm running low.

    • 

      Pretty alright tea. While not the best lapsang out there, its easy to find.

    • CK

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      The smokiness tastes so artificial that it's hard to enjoy the tea for what it is.

      EDIT: I've since learned I'm not a Lapsang Souchong fan of any sort but I stand by this review. This is a bad example of a tea steeped in tradition and it deserves better.

    • JS

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      It's not the best lapsang souchong specimen - but you can get it in almost any grocery store. It was my first of this tea style and I still enjoy a cup. It's best drunk black - with milk, it's kind of unusual, as you get this smokey milky liquid that is hard to swallow.

    • 

      I LOVE THIS TEA! It has a nice campfire smoke aroma, and a great smoky flavour.

    • 

      The smokiness tastes artificial almost like a bbq. There are many other options that are way better

    • 

      This is way too smokey for me....i think ill pass next time

    • 

      It's kind of like drinking smoke? Lapsang is very much a "love it or leave it" kind of tea.