Pine and Oak Smoked Black Loose Leaf Tea
Country of Origin: China.
Region: Fujian Provence.
Altitude: 3500 - 5000 feet above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Orthodox.
Cup Characteristics: A smooth crisp character with the remarkable and heady aroma of pine and oak wood fire.
Infusion: Tending bright with reddish hues.
Ingredients: Luxury Black Tea.
Antioxidant Level: Low.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
There is no way that Lapsang Souchong could be called a delicate tea, it's strong and distinctive aroma is that of smoky pine and oak, which is where the flavour comes from. This tea is best described as an acquired taste.
Lapsang Souchong is good either with sugar and milk, or for the more sophisticated palate, drunk straight up.
It's now time to throw away the teabags and try a great taste experience. You may not believe the difference that comes with using premium tea and brewing in the old fashioned way. Just as coffee has seen a revival with millions of people changing from instants to fresh roast beans so also has tea been seeing a revival with new tea houses opening around the country, and the world.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
Place 1 teaspoon of tea per cup (and add 1 teaspoon for the pot) into your teapot. For a more intense flavour, add a bit more tea. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for about 3 - 7 minutes, to your taste. Pour into your cup and enjoy.
Add milk and sugar to taste. Acceptable to drink 'straight up.'
Alternatively, put the tea in a tea infuser and brew right in your cup.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb is to double the amount used. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
Simpli-Special - Tea as it Should be!
Better Than Most!
Great aroma like the Lapsang Teas of old--not nowadays easily obtainable smoked over cherry wood, but this tea smoked over oak and pine is an acceptable alternative. Makes a good brew at five in the morning when I get up and pretty good throughout the day.
Alan Henry Wilson | East of England | November 2021
Just the way I like it!
I've come back to buy more lapsang souchong, as I find it suits me very well: smoky enough, but not too much.
David Tyler | Cumbria | April 2021