Lapsang SouchongRegular price $6.25
Origin: Fujian Province, Wuyi Mountains, China
Description: The larger leaves from the tea plant – the souchong – are specially harvested and processed for this black tea. The tea is roasted in bamboo baskets and heated over burning pine wood. The pine smoke is what contributes to the extraordinarily bold flavour and smell of this tea. Lapsang Souchong has gained huge popularity outside of China, both for its drinking and culinary uses. Aside from enjoying it by the cup, Lapsang makes amazing marinades, vinaigrettes, sauces and desserts.
Tasting Notes: The strong aroma of a pine campfire weaves through the steam of the cup to greet the nose. The steep is distinct in its smoked flavour, with a savoury, smooth depth in each sip.
Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. steep 3-5 minutes.
China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.
Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.
Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.
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