The smoky, deep and distinctive Lapsang Souchong originated in China accidentally many centuries ago! Tea was carried by horse in from Yunnan to Tibet and continental Europe, acquiring its signature smoky aroma along the way thanks to exposure to the smoke from the fires burnt for warmth during the cold nights! Our Traditional Lapsang Souchong Superior is a deeply aromatic leaf, similar to a smoky campfire, yet infuses a cup with a distinctive smoothness, topped off by hints of signature smoked pine.
To create the refined smokiness, freshly plucked leaves are withered over an open fire to infuse naturally, before being pan-fired to slow down the oxidation process and then individually hand rolled. After rolling, the leaves are pressed and stored in wooden barrels, covered with cloths and allowed to complete their oxidation.
Our Traditional Lapsang Souchong Superior smoked tea contains only the highest grade loose leaf black tea, and works well as an accompaniment to savory dishes, as well as being equally delicious on its own. If you only keep one Lapsang Souchong in your tea collection, this superior grade offering would be the perfect pick!