Lapsang Souchong is up there as one of our most recognisable teas – because of its distinctive smoky scent, if nothing else!
A unique smoking process...
Originating from the Wuji region of fuijan in China, Lapsang is a black set apart from all other varieties of tea by the way it is processed. It is one of the oldest cultivated teas in the world, although these days it is more commonly consumed in Western culture than in China. Traditionally, it is smoke-dried over pinewood fires, which gives it its rich, resinous aroma and smoked flavour.
Every cup we drink brings back childhood memories of cinder toffees and bonfires on Guy Fawkes night!
This tea may be a strange thing to suggest in Spring time, but this potent and evocative tea can make a great contrast to the lighter dishes we enjoy in the warmer weather. This is a tea that needs to be the centre of attention! For that reason, it is best enjoyed without milk or lemon.
Love it or hate it?
If you haven’t tried Lapsang Souchong, then we do recommend you give it a go for the experience. We will warn you… it does produce some rather mixed reactions! It is often called the Marmite of the tea world, but for any tea enthusiast it's definitely worth sampling!
Have you ever had a pot of Lapsang tea? If so – was it a love or hate reaction for you?