Dare to try Lapsang Souchong. The smoky haze will either draw you in or not.
A dark tea with smoke in its flavor: this Chinese black is a loose tea to be tried and re-tried, approached carefully, savored. Hailing from the Fujian province, this firmly caffeinated black tea will do more than wake you up: Lapsand Souchong will wake you up to a full oak fire, warming you in your mountain retreat about the Fujian landscape. Oak and smoke blending and trailing the corners of the room.
The Wuyi mountains are home to this smoked black tea, whose distinct aroma made it one of the earliest internationally whispered-about blends, as its smoky quality appealed to a more exotic side of tea drinking, going far beyond a simple afternoon's pleasure. Lasang Souchong is an acquired taste for the adventurous tea drinker. Even its beginnings involve a bit of risk and innovation. The story is that the men waiting to transport the gathered leaves were short on time desperately needing to get to the market. Without the ability to undertake the traditional, patient method of drying, they used pinewood fires, withering the leaves at an accelerated rate and leading to a final batch that had a unique, tarry, tantalizing collection. Tasting fully like a black tea and yet immersively carrying its smoky story, this tea is a must for black tea lovers and adventuresome tea explorers alike.
This smoky tea will clear the haze. Drink down the smoke and you will see your path clearly. Open your mind now to a new tea. Order some today.
PS - Makes a great rub on meats. Natural smoke flavor seasons nicely.Base leaf: Black tea - Organic
It smells of smoke. I’m not in love with it but intrigued. I think it will grow on me!!
Lapsang Souchong - Organic Loose Leaf Black Tea
I live in Los Angeles and cannot believe how difficult it is to source quality Lapsang Souchong tea. Seriously. The metropolitan population is around 18 million but there are only a handful of places that carry it in stock. It's like the stuff is kryptonite or something. Sheesh!...Enter Rob the Tea Guy.
I spent some time ten days ago searching in Culver City at DavidsTea where their website seemed to indicate they might have some rare teas available but heard the all-too-familiar story about them having carried it in stock but now it's "retired" even though people keep on asking for it. Like me, I thought (not retired, but gainfully employed and seriously searching). Precisely. So I got mad and looked online. I landed on Rob's website and sat in my car on the roof of the Westfield Mall for the next 10 minutes and ordered my first shipment. It was a very reasonable price, got shipped immediately, came with a tracking number and arrived in pristine condition 3 days later as promised. Quality was great and the ordering system was pain-free. I even got a personalized message from Rob to boot enclosing some free samples and thanking me for the purchase! A little old-fashioned personal service certainly works with me. I'll definitely be a repeat customer. When I go, I'm going to ask my family to bury me with what's left of my Lapsang Souchong stash in the coffin. It'll have the GLT logo on it without a doubt. Mine will be the best smelling coffin in the whole cemetery!