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No. 24

Tarry Lapsang Souchong - Loose Leaf Tea

Chinese Smoked Black Tea

Invoking images of wood-burning stoves and forest walks, this strong and smoky tarry lapsang from Fujian province is the perfect black tea to warm your winter.

From: Fujian Province, China

LOOSE LEAF TEA
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The origins of our Tarry Lapsang Souchong


Redolent of pine smoke, this loose-leaf Chinese smoked tea from Fujian province takes the bold, intoxicating character of Lapsang Souchong a notch further. Characterised by black-brown wavy leaves and an amber-coloured infusion, our Tarry Lapsang Souchong offers a sharp note of smoke on the nose and a light yet spicy flavour profile.

True to tradition, this black tea is harvested in summer in China's rugged Wuyi Mountains, using the tougher leaves from the lower parts of the Camellia sinensis plant, which are then smoked over pine wood. To achieve that unique tarry Lapsang Souchong tea taste, this type of tea is smoked using the wood and the resinous bark of the horsetail pine to amplify its flavour. When brewed, the infusion is a beautiful amber colour that hints at its pine-resin influences. Its smoky, woody nature will appeal to those who appreciate single-malts and warm, aromatic hints of spice.

Learn more about the history of this smoked tea


The history of Lapsang Souchong tea


Located in the hardscrabble landscape surrounding Tong Mu village, the tea gardens that supply the leaves for Lapsang Souchong are rooted in mountainous, rocky terrain 1,200-1,500m above sea level. It's here that the very history of commercially viable black tea is thought to have begun when, according to the most popular story, 17th-century battles between Ming forces and the ascendant Qing dynasty led to a passing army camping in one of Tong Mu's tea production facilities. Before the mid-1600s, only green (unoxidised) and oolong (partially oxidised) teas were drunk in China. But as the Tong Mu workers scrambled to catch up with the tea harvest after the soldiers left, they placed the leaves over pine embers to dry faster – and this charismatic tea was born.

Like a dark black tea, Lapsang Souchong is high in caffeine, making it a great all-day pick-you-up, and contains body-boosting benefits besides: B vitamins, which help with energy and fighting infection, plus minerals such as potassium, zinc and manganese.

Lapsang Souchong is particularly appreciated in the West for its unique smell and distinctive savoury taste. But perhaps no nation has embraced it as much as we British, who have made it a staple of afternoon tea menus and use it to create everything from Lapsang Souchong smoked salmon to smoky cocktails.


Other rich and smoky Chinese Black Teas


Our Chinese Keemun Black Tea makes a great breakfast brew for a lighter tea with a hint of smokiness. For those whom may like a blend of Lapsang Souchong with Chinese Keemun, the Russian Caravan tea is something to look out for.

Know someone you'd like to introduce to the smoky flavour of lapsang souchong? Comprising a stylish Zenshi loose-leaf glass infuser mug and 125g caddy of Tarry Lapsang Souchong, our Luxury Black Tea Gift for One is the ideal gift.

Ingredients


Pinewood smoked black Chinese tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a strong smoky aroma and light emerald infusion. A bold yet, balanced cup with pine wood, tobacco and burnt caramel notes with lively and pleasant mouthfeel.

Region


Fujian is a coastal province in Southeastern China on the shores of the South China sea, facing the 110 mile-wide Taiwan Strait. The province is mostly mountainous and heavily covered in dense forests. The elevation varies from sea level to 2,174m at the peak of Mount Huanggang, in the Wuyi Mountains, offering a formidable natural barrier between the coast and the interior of China.

Learn more about the Fujian Region, China

Rivers are of great importance for transport and irrigation. The climate here is temperate Humid Subtropical (CFA), with hot summers of high rainfalls and cool, dryer winters, with occasional snow in the northwest and at higher altitude. Across the year, the skies are mostly cloud-covered, with low wind. The province has a whole as varied vegetation, ranging from tropical to cold temperate species.

At lower elevations, the subtropical forests are home to evergreens, hardwood trees and confiners, lianas and ferns, along with a diverse fauna which includes many birds, amphibials and reptiles. Higher up, deciduous trees, conifers and rhododendrons are plentiful. Oolong, Black and smoked teas originate from the Wuyi mountains, in the North of the province.; whilst the white teas hail from Fuding and Zhenghe counties, closer to the coast, but still elevated, on rich, fertile forest soils. Rice cultivation is common in the valleys.

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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