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Lapsang Souchong


A famous tea that is made by withering tea leaves over open fires of fresh pine logs. Made in the WuYi Mountains, home of Oolong teas, Lapsong was a tea that European tea traders loved and the Chinese responded to their interest with production.  In recent years, as black teas generally have gained interest in China, this tea has grown in popularity.  We selected a lot that is not overly smoky but is hearty and rich and should satisfy. Goes well with breakfast, salty and spicy dishes, cheese and will warm in cold weather.

Why we selected this particular lot.  We look for a Lapsing that is medium in its smoke flavor and offers a fresh aroma.  The base black tea is a large size leaf; it is thick and offers a rich flavor.  The scenting by smoke, we prefer the scenting that it is not too heavy so the base black tea can be tasted.  There is complexity and nuance to this tea and its "smokey" flavor is balanced and clean. 

Interesting facts about this lot.  This lot was grown and processed in Fujian Province, specifically in the WuYi Mountains.  The leaves were grown on a farm at an elevation of 800 meters.  The tea is fully oxidized Oolong leaf.

Taste profile.  These long, black strips of leaf have a taste that is decidedly smoky, robust and a little biscuity.  Use approximately 3 grams per 7-8 ounces of water at a temperature of 185 F.  Steep for 2-3 minutes and taste.  Cups to rich, enticing rust-red liquor color that will please.

Brewing suggestions.  Use one level teaspoon or 3 grams of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 F.  Steep for 2- 3 minutes and taste.  A longer steep will bring more flavor into the cup.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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After oxidizing, the leaves are fired and then rolled, and placed in bamboo baskets and dried over smoking pine fires.

"Souchong" once was the term used to define a certain quality in Fujianese black tea.

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  1. Great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Sep 2016

    Medium smoky Lapsang with hints of pine and jerky

  2. Rich, Smokey Goodness! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Aug 2016

    I was never a big fan of Lapsang Souchong; it always seemed to be too "tarry" and "sooty" and overall rather "ragged". Then, I tried SRT's Lapsang!! Smokey but subtle and as smooth a cup of as any I've ever sipped. I have a new favorite and for anyone who's ever been put off by this variety for reasons similar to mine, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND giving this Lapsong a try. It has made a believer out me!

  3. It's hard to find a really smoky lapsang 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Mar 2016

    I was so in love with the blue flower earl grey, that i thought you'd have a great lapsang, too, but honestly found it just average.

  4. Great flavor and smokey aroma 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Nov 2015

    This is one of the more unique teas you will find. It has an intense, smokey aroma, but does not overpower the taste of the tea which is bold and flavorful.

    As per usual, the tea was very fresh and of high quality. I always make a point to order this tea when available.

Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

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Ceres Community Project builds healthy communities by restoring locally-grown organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health and creating heart centered ways for people to connect.

Ceres teaches teens to grow, cook and eat healthy whole foods and provides nourishing meals, nutrition education and a community of support for people facing cancer and other serious illnesses. www.ceresproject.org

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...What sets Silk Road Teas apart from others is the Heagertys are using their success and new tea line as a way to give back to the community...

Gives Back They're amazing people and of course the product is phenomenal. We're so proud to be associated with them. In today's nonprofit world, truly the best things you can have are compatible, giving partners.

Julie Burford, Program Manager and Founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin.


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