Lapsang SouChong - pine smoked 福建 正山小種
- sophisticated & full bodied
Lapsang Souchong was the world's first black tea, introduced during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Lapsang Souchong is from the famous Wuyi Mountain, Fujian these mountains have a long history of tea cultivation.
Lapsang is distinct from all other types of tea because lapsang leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over pinewood fires, taking on a distinctive smoky flavour. The name in Fukienese means "smoky sub-variety." Lapsang Souchong is a member of the Wuyi Bohea family of teas.
The Legend goes that the tea was created during the Qing era when the dehydrated troops of armies were passing thru the Wuyi hills. The tea producers sped up the drying process by having their workers dry the tea leaves over fires made from local pines in order to serve to the armies.
As a result, smooth crisp character with the remarkable heady aroma of a pine and oak wood fire tea were served. The armies felt reenergized and refreshed immediately. This method has continued to this day.
Lapsang SouChong's flavour is strong and smoky, similar to the smell of a campfire or a Latakia pipe tobacco. The flavour of the pine smoke is meant to complement the natural taste of the black tea. Also used in many blending, and great to infuse this tea with Treasure Green Camellia Tea Oil Extra Virgin as bread dip or cooking.
- Antioxidant Level: Low
- Caffeine Content: Medium
- Origin: Fujian, China
- Product Code: BF076