The smoky, deep and distinctive Lapsang Souchong is famous the world over, it originated in China many centuries ago. Today, Taiwan's tea producers have perfected the art of growing and processing Lapsang Souchong tea. Our Tarry 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. Lapsang Souchong is often referred to as a 'tarry tea’, a texture and taste that is popular and sought after by tea connoisseurs on every continent.
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. After oxidation, the leaves are tightly rolled into strips and suspended in bamboo baskets over burning smoked pine, to further develop their signature rich smoked aroma and flavor.
Despite its full oxidation, Lapsang Souchong can usually be steeped twice, providing that the first infusion is light!