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Lapsang Saushong

Smokey & Warming – Premium Lapsang Souchong

About

A superior leaf Lapsang Souchong offering a crisp character with the remarkable and heady aroma of an oak fire.

Ingredients

Special Leaf Lapsang Souchong

Caffeine Level

Medium

Antioxidant Level

Low

Product weight

30g

£3.75 £2.99

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Description

This special smoked tea has a distinctive flavour sometimes referred to as tarry, and is a special tea from Fujian province. The Fukienese word 'souchong means subvariety - that is a subvariety of other black teas from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian. The method of production is as follows. The leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After pan-frying and rolling, they are presses into wooden barrels. and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are fired again and rolled into taut strips. Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavour. When finished they are thick, glossy black strips and produce a dark red beverage with a unique aroma and taste. It is generally consumed with sugar or milk.

Preparation

HOT TEA: put 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9 oz/200-260ml of water in the teapot. Pour freshly biled water over tea. Steep 3-7 min. Add Milk & Sugar to taste. ICED TEA: To truly appreciate this tea, we recommend drinking this one hot.

Additional Info

When Lapuang 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 flavour. 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 thai 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 each the market in time, but the smoked pine flavor created a sensation!

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