Lapsang Souchong Black Tea | Stash Tea

Lapsang Souchong Black Tea



  • Product Description

      From the Fujian province of China comes this very distinctive tea with its exotic smoky flavor. After plucking, the leaves are withered over cypress or pine wood fires. After the rolling process, they are placed into wooden barrels until they begin to emit their own pleasant aroma. As a final step they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on racks over smoky pine fires where they dry and absorb the essence of the smoke.

      The finished tea leaves are thick and black and when steeped in hot water produce a bright reddish-orange cup of tea. The flavor is very assertive and appeals to those looking for a bold cup of tea.

      In recent years, Lapsang-Souchong has begun to grow in popularity and has become the favorite tea of many who also appreciate single-malt Scotch whisky and fine cigars. It was once known as a man's tea but more and more women are drinking it as well.

      Our Lapsang-Souchong tastes particularly good with salty and spicy dishes and also with cheese. Many tea lovers report that they enjoy drinking it outdoors, especially after any intense activity. You may also wish to try adding a pinch of Lapsang-Souchong to a cup of English Breakfast blend to add a whole new layer of flavor notes to savor.

      Black tea

      Steeping Instructions
      3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit


      Country of Origin

      Cups to Grams

      • 8 grams makes 3-4 cups
      • 25 grams makes 10-15 cups
      • 50 grams makes 20-25 cups
      • 100 grams makes 45-50 cups
      • 1 pound loose makes 180-200 cups
  • Product Details

    • Variant: 100 g loose
    • SKU: 193023

*Staff Pick*

"This black tea has a bold, unique, smoky taste with a legendary history in its birthplace of China's Fujian province. The tea is smoked over a pine wood fire as part of its making, and legend has it that this was originally done to speed up the lengthy process of drying the tea after harvest. It's a bracing tea that is fortifying against the cold Winter elements, with a rustic feel, like that of a log cabin or a mountain abbey. I enjoy this tea very hot and straight up; it is best brewed for a short time at the first steeping (~3 minutes or less), with longer steepings (~5 minutes or more) for second and third cups with the same leaves." – Gabriel M. (QA & Food Safety Specialist)

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Jane L.
My favorite for decades

I started drinking this tea in college and became a fan because it is reminiscent of old-fashioned ski wax and lodges and snow. Still a fan after too many years to count, I drink this tea every morning (Stash only; the others are nothing in comparison). This is a tea for people who live life to the fullest, even if only in the imagination.

Anneliese H.
My All Time Favorite Tea

This is the tea I drink every day - I love it so much! Its intensely smoke, which may be off-putting to some, but has the most wonderful full-bodied finish that keeps me coming back for more. It is a strong tea, so some may wish to make a weaker cup but not me! I just wish it came in larger bag sizes because I tend to go through it very very quickly.

Janet K.
Love this wonderful smoky tea!

It is great and the Stash Tea people get things to you quickly and customer service is very good!

Smoky, bold, delightful

This version of Lapsang Souchong has moderate to strong smokiness that is bold, but does not fully overpower the black tea flavor notes. It is very fragrant. You can smell the smokiness throughout the room when it is being made and consumed. The steeped water is reddish brown. I also have lots of tasting experience with the Twinings brand of bagged Lapsang Souchong, which I think is still good in taste, but second to this offering by Stash in loose tea.

Ann R.

This tea is not for everyone. It has a very heavy, smoky taste, but if you like aromatic, strong tea, try this.
I was sitting one evening and started thinking about Lapsang Souchong tea for some reason. Then I remembered that it was a favorite of my parents. I went to your site to order some just to try it. I now have it in a tin in the kitchen just like they always did.

Erin J.
Smoky Goodness

I adore the strong aroma, and the bold yet smooth flavor of this tea. It's hard to be indifferent about this tea that some call an acquired taste, which I think simply adds to its charms. It's that distinctiveness that makes you feel like you are drinking a rare treasure. Enjoying it is truly an experience, something that you are unlikely to mindlessly sip, but rather be reminded of its smoky goodness with each and every sip.