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Lapsang Souchong Tea Taster Sample Loose Leaf 10g


Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1

A superior leaf Lapsang Souchong offering a unique smoky crisp character.

This special smoked tea has a robust flavour sometimes referred to as tarry and is a speciality from Fujian province.

The story goes that the smoking process was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army took over a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers had gone they realised that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the normal way, so they lit open fires of pine wood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but also the smoked pine flavour created a sensation!
China/Fujian Province
China/Fujian Province
For production, today leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After pan-firing and rolling, they are pressed into wooden barrels and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance, the leaves are then fired again and rolled into taut strips.
Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavour. When finished they are thick, glossy black strips, and produce a dark red drink with a unique aroma and taste. It is generally consumed with sugar or milk.

All the best Lapsang is produced in the nature preserve located in the Wuyi Mountains where the high mountains with thick pine forests and heavy mist provide the ideal environment for growing top quality tea. Depending upon one’s palate the taste can be light and intriguing or it can be heavy and overpowering.

 This spectacular example is a real treat for any connoisseur. 

Origin: China

Process: Orthodox (Traditional leafy), Small batch crafted.

Region: Fujian Province - Xingchun region    

Ingredients: Black tea

Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 4900 feet above sea level

Caffeine Guide: Medium

Seasonality: Seasonal quality (Mar. – Apr. growth)

Antioxidant Content: Low

Grade: Special Leaf Lapsang Souchong SBOPF

(Special Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings)

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Customer Reviews

Based on 37 reviews
Jean Bucknall (Bangor, GB)
Much better than bags!

My regular supermarket used to sell loos Lapsang Souchong, but now only offers it in teabags, which are made by a well-known brand, but are generally filled with what can only be described as tea dust. It's wonderful to be able to buy loose tea again - especially when it is of such good quality. The taste is SO much better!

John Hall (Tenterden, GB)
Great Lapsang

Excellent product and service. Thoroughly recommend.

Helen (Penicuik, GB)
Lapsang Butterfly #1

One of my favourite teas for breakfast. A deep and smokey scent, which reminds me of pine forests, and carries through well to the taste. Flavours can change and strengthen with altered brewing times but never seems to become bitter or have that 'stewed' flavour that some black teas can develop.
Service is always prompt and I'm glad we can purchase in 500g bags of loose leaf.

Tim Knight (Royal Leamington Spa, GB)

The only tea I drink. V good value, prompt service

Richard Ord (Stratford-upon-Avon, GB)
Beautiful tea

Thank you for the nicest Lapsang Souchong tea I have ever tasted. Reasonably priced, with free delivery too.
I will certainly use "Teacakes of Yorkshire " for future orders.
Thank you once again for swift delivery, and wonderful tea.

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