Smoked Lapsang Souchong has been a long-time favourite Black tea in many European countries and America. This tea is treasured for its unique smoky flavor and aroma, which is achieved through drying the tea leaves over pine log fires. Our Lapsang Souchong is the best grade to come from the place of origin of this great tea, Tong Mu Guan in Xing Village, or simply known as Bohea. Many had drank this tea before but only a handful have tried the best grade of authentic Lapsang Souchong from the original farm.
This tea is also known as Zheng Shan Souchong. Zheng Shan means "Original Mountain" and only tea leaves picked from Wuyi harvest area can be called as "Zheng Shan". These tea leaves have a special characteristics in that they have a subtle hint of a sweet fruit in China called "longan".
Yan Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, Huo Yan Xiao Zhong
True to the nature of a good Smoked Lapsang, this tea is strong with smoky (pine) fragrance and taste. The lingering aftertaste has a somewhat cooling effect on the tongue. Due to the strong smoky nature of this tea, you can only taste the "longan" sweetness in later steepings.
Dark color twisted tea leaves. Clear amber red color infusion.
Wu Yi Shan, Fujian Province
Lapsang Souchong Highlights
Taste the world's very first black tea.
Freshly handpicked during this year's spring season.
Direct from the original region Tongmu.
No unpleasant smoky flavor. (Note: don't buy this tea, if you like smoky tea)
Smoked versus Non-smoked
From a processing perspective, there are two types of Lapsang Souchong (also known as 'Zhengshan Xiaozhong'): smoked and non-smoked. We don't want to hurt Lapsang Souchong tea lovers, but the fact is that mostly lower grade leaves are smoked to produce this black tea for export purposes. A good quality smoked Lapsang Souchong will depend more on the smoking process, while for a non-smoked version, the leaf quality will become more important. Nevertheless, if you love the aroma of smoked pine wood, then go for it, there's nothing wrong with that.
So what's authentic?
At Teasenz, the teas we select to offer in our store are guided by our single mission to offer the most authentic Chinese teas to the world. The dilemma that we were facing is that this black tea was originally produced for export purposes. So what is authentic? Eventually, we decided to offer you a Lapsang Souchong that tea lovers in China highly prefer and which we're very enthusiastic about. It's a non-smoked version of this tea consumed here in China, but not easily available abroad.
We're proud to present you this amazingly well-balanced Xiaozhong consisting out of delicate hand-picked leaves from this spring. It's carefully processed in the most authentic way under strict quality monitoring by experienced tea masters. Believe us, this tea so amazing that there is really no reason to cover the taste and aroma with a layer of smokiness. Why waste leaves that are naturally delicious?
Origin & legend
During the late Ming dynasty (1568) a group of soldiers were passing by Tongmu. Due to the chaos caused, the villagers had no time to process the leaves into green tea. The second day, the leaves were withered. In attempt to save the tea leaves, the farmers started to smoke it with pine wood.
By surprise, the villagers and soldiers loved the tea resulting from this improvised and innovative processing method. As a result, year after year the amount of orders increased and the villagers weren't able to keep up with the demand. Especially, when this tea was presented during an international trading fair in Fuzhou, it attracted many European traders. Zhengshan Xiaozhong eventually became a tribute tea to the royal court of United Kingdom.
Today, Tongmu is within the one of China's key national nature reserve and classified as a world heritage by UNESCO.
From which tea region is Lapsang Souchong Tea?
The Lapsang Souchong Tea is from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian. The Wuyi Mountain is blessed by nature: mild weather with sufficient rainfall and sunlight and fertile soil, making it one of the most famous tea growing area in the world. Apart from the Lapsang Souchong, the Wuyi Mountains also produces other famous teas belong to the so called “Wuyi Cliff Family” of teas.
Tea Pairings: What food goes well with Lapsang Souchong?
Most tea enthousiasts will agree that this tea should be consumed without any snacks or dishes. When you would like to enjoy this tea with some snacks than different kinds of nuts and seeds are the most suitable as they have a fairly neutral taste. If you really would like to pair Lapsang Souchong with a real dish then go for curry and beef dishes. Other tip: avoid sweet dishes.