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Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong or 'smoked tea' is the first black tea in history. It acquired the reputation of being one of the most assertive in terms of flavour teas, as the process of production of Lapsang Souchong includes smoke-drying it over pine needle fires, which creates a pungent smokey aroma along with an edgy smokey taste.

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As the first black tea in history, Lapsang Souchong is extremely popular all over the world, especially in western countries. The secret to its significance lies in its drying process that was established during the Qing era. The leaves are placed in special bamboo baskets over pinewood fires to smoke-dry. This method came to be as the conventional drying methods of tea leaves were abandoned in favour of deliberately set up fires in order to speed up the drying process and meet the production demands.

Lapsang Souchong has an assertive smokey flavour that can't be compared to any other tea's. 'Over the fire' drying process grants it with a distinctive aroma of smoke and reminds one of a fire at a campsite. It could be described to have a smooth whiskey aftertaste with a woodsy smokey tang. It's best enjoyed on its own and although its taste is challenging to some, it's too unique to pass up.

Lapsong Souchong

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  • Ingredients: Black tea