Lapsang Souchong Black Tea
- 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
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.
3-5 minutes at 190-209 degrees Fahrenheit
Country of Origin
Cups to Grams
- Variant: 100 g loose
- SKU: 193023
"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)
Lapsang Souchong and Caravan are my all-time favorite teas. I especially enjoy Lapsang Souchong on cold or wet winter days--it has a warm, cozy, and safe feeling.
I have a fondness for (Russian) Caravan Tea. It goes back to my youth when I smoked a Latakia pipe tobacco, also with a pine needle smoke finish. Years later, when I became a tea drinker and found old world Caravan tea, well, it was a good fit! I've tried several concoctions and played with my own formulas for Caravan. All have been less than adequate for that smokey pine flavor and aroma. Now, with my own stash of Stash Lapsang Souchong, I can upgrade any Caravan. and it makes Stash Caravan PERFECT.
Stash has consistently sent me superior tea and tea related products over a long time. Their customer service and fair pricing seal the deal for me.
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.
It is great and the Stash Tea people get things to you quickly and customer service is very good!
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.