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.
- 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.