For a quirky smoky flavor, try one of these 6 Lapsang Souchongs

Last updated: August 21, 2020 at 17:45 pm

What is Lapsang Souchong tea?

Lapsang Souchong is a distinctive Chinese black tea, smoked over pine wood. Lapsang Souchong is steeped in history, being the world’s first black tea. Its birthplace – near Tong Mu Guan in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian province – is a protected area today. Foreigners can’t enter this region at all, and even Chinese citizens require special permits to visit. The legendary Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong tea continues to be produced here. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of ‘fake’ Lapsang Souchong on the market today that doesn’t actually come from this region.


Tasting notes in reviews

Lapsang Souchong is bold, smoky. The aroma is strong and might be overwhelming – “love it or hate it”. Some tea drinkers consider it “very manly, smokey tea”, and recommend it for those who love “smokey whiskeys” and “the smell of bonfire”. Definitely, “a punch of smoky flavor” is “not for the faint of heart”.

What are the health benefits of Lapsang Souchong?

Being a black tea, Lapsang Souchong promotes cardiovascular health by increasing blood flow and lowering cholesterol levels. Its antioxidants also pitch in by preventing cholesterol from clogging up your blood vessels. Like other teas, Lapsang Souchong contains L-theanine, an amino acid that lowers stress levels and keeps you relaxed and focused all at once. There are plenty of other benefits of this distinctive black tea, such as improved immunity, reduced occurrences of inflammation, and high metabolic activity that can lead to weight loss. One unique advantage of drinking Lapsang Souchong tea is that despite its bold, smoky flavor, it contains less caffeine than other black teas. Meaning you can replace coffee with it and get your daily dose of energy minus any jitters or restlessness.

Tea tips

  • Loose leaf Lapsang Souchong is used as a base for Russian Caravan tea blends. Give it a try if you want just a hint of smoky flavor. You can also make your own Russian Caravan by adding some loose leaf Lapsang Souchong to your favorite breakfast blend.
  • Mix Lapsang Souchong to your favorite spices and make a smoky dry rub for cooking.
  • Despite its powerful character, Lapsang Souchong is lower in caffeine than most black teas. Feel free to pair it with your Chinese or Thai meal for a late night dinner without wreaking havoc on your sleep.
  • Also, try other Chinese black tea varieties. Some of the most popular are Keemun, Golden Monkey and Yunnan Dian Hong.
Organic Lapsang Souchong

Organic Lapsang Souchong

Organic Lapsang Souchong black tea, from the Wuyi region of the Fujian province of China, is the single malt scotch and fine cigar lovers tea of California Tea House. It has an amazing smoky flavor and aroma due to its drying process.  This is the highest grade Lapsang in the world, also known as Royal Grade Lapsang, and is smoke-dried using only Wuyi local pine wood. This is one of our unique favorites that is sure to find a following as we open up our collection.
Organic Lapsang Souchong Loose Leaf

Organic Lapsang Souchong Loose Leaf

Smooth and red in the cup, this China black tea's scent is utterly unmistakable: heady, smoky, and alluring. A sweet and smooth black tea wrapped with the aromatics of smoky pine.
Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Strong honey and caramel flavor. Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea is known as Cai Cha Lapsang Souchong by the local people. You might assume that all lapsang souchong teas have a bitter, smoky taste, as long as you have some knowledge of the traditional pine-tree drying process used to make it; this time, however, since this is both a high-quality and semi-wild tea, this particular type has amazing unique characters and no hint of bitterness in its flavor.
Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea

Lapsang Souchong Smoky Black Tea

This Lapsang Souchong is handmade by an experienced tea master, Mr. Wen, who has relied only on using traditional methods until recently. Making this kind of tea requires at least twenty separate steps followed by complex traditional crafts, including cooling, withering, rolling, fermentation, and drying, among others. All of these processes must be done in “Qing Lou”, a traditional three or four-floor building.
Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

A specialty blend, from the divine region of Assam, soaked in an enticing aroma of Oakwood smoke. A malty Assam summer tea sourced from aged chi-nary bushes that results in a lively cup! The blackish-brown long leaves are loosely hand-rolled and are interspersed with treasured buds. It carries the impressive aroma of black tea cured in oak wood smoke...
Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong is a black tea from the Fujian province of China, famous for its smoky aroma and flavor. To create this, the finished tea is given some extra drying over smoking pine fire, imparting a sweet, clean smoky flavor to the tea. Lapsang Souchong sometimes gets a bad rep for being brashly smoky, but really fine examples aren't like that at all. Our Lapsang Souchong is very approachable: clean and slightly cool smokiness in the aroma, like menthol. Sweet, refreshing smoky flavor, crisp and edgy. Golden-coppery color in the cup; the mark of a Lapsang that hasn't been smoked to a jerky. Sweet pine flavor, lightly evaporating finish. It's amazing all the dimensions of 'smoky' you can experience in one, very well made cup of fine Lapsang Souchong.

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