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!
Jolly Good Tea Verified Purchase
No better encomium for SimpliSpecial than that of my daughter relocating to England from America: "It's jolly good tea and the service is amazing"
Alan Henry Wilson | East Anglia | October 2023
Jolly good tea and the service is amazing........ Verified Purchase
The headline used is a direct remark of my daughter, recently returned to England after many years' residence in America and to whom I recommended Simpl-Special for her supply of Lapsang. Yes the tea is good for the present times when the Chinese government has set its face against excessive smoking of teas outdoors but does not directly compare wwith the teas of forty years ago: hence four stars only.
Alan Henry Wilson | EAST ANGLIA | June 2023
Best For Me
Best value in Lapsang Souchong that I have found recently since the ancient practice of smoking the leaves over the cherry-tree prunings was apparently stopped by the Chinese. This tea still has much of its original smoky flavour and is decently large leaf so makes a good pot.
And for service, Simpli-Special takes some beating: I ordered on line one day, got it the next. So well done!
Alan Henry Wilson | Anglia | October 2022
As Good as can be Got
After the Chinese Government put a stop to traditional smoking of Lapsang over already pruned cherry branches (instead of supplying respirators for the workers) we non-Party members could only obtain a weaker product mildly pinewood smoked. However this tea claims pine and oak smoked and so is nearer to the traditional scent and taste one became imbued with. So Highly Commended and certainly full marks for rapidity of delivery--overnight in my case out in the sticks.
Beaumarchais | Bes Pelargic | April 2022
Great tea, great service
I've come back several times for a 500gm bag of Lapsang Suchong, as it suits me very well and reaches me the day after I place the order.
David Tyler | Cumbria | February 2022
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