It's been said that Lapsang Souchong was the very first black tea in the World, dating back to early 1600s in little village in Wuyi Mountains of Fujian China. It's also been said that Lapsang Souchong was the favored tea of Princess Catherine (Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1662 to 1685.) One Lapsang tale takes place during the tumultuous Qing Dynasty. Soldiers, passing through the village of Xing, took refuge a tea shop, kicking out the workers and delaying the process of getting the tea out to the people. At this point, tea was in high demand for it's medicinal properties. The workers could not get to the leaves to dry and oxidize until the soldiers left, and by that time they were far behind demand. In order to speed up the drying process, one smarty decided to try drying the leaves over a fire using indigenous pinewood. This new smokey flavor became the iPhone of teas. Today, Lapsang is not as well-known, but is still beloved for it's unique and powerful campfire aroma and smooth finish. Traditional techniques are still in use; the leaves are smoked over pinewood in a honglong (a bamboo basket.)
90g (30+ cups of tea)
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This is wonderful Lapsang Souchong, full and rich and smokey... The single malt of teas. I hope you're not discontinuing it.
It's been a while since I chewed on any tarred rope, and I'm thoroughly enjoying this tea. Second time around, I brewed it for 4 minutes rather than the recommended 3, and it suited my peculiar tastebuds even better.
Will purchase again.