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Lapsang Souchong

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Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 

About Lapsang Souchong

Loose-leaf black tea with large, very dark leavesLapsang souchong looks similar to other black teas; the main notable feature is its larger-than-normal leaves. Photo © (Assumed) Sjhan81, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Lapsang souchong, in Chinese zhèng shān xiǎo zhǒng (正山小种), is a smoked black tea. It is produced like black tea, but is dried over pine fires, allowing the smoke to impart a unique aroma to the tea. Lapsang souchong originated in the Wuyi Mountains, in China's Fujian province, but is also produced in Taiwan. There is great demand for this tea, which has led to its being produced widely in different regions.

Because it is made of larger leaves rather than top leaves and buds, and the buds and top leaves contain more caffeine, lapsang souchong (and other souchongs) tend to be significantly lower in caffeine than other similar teas.

Lapsang souchong has a strong smoky quality; the varieties produced in Taiwan are often described as being more smoky. Although the smoky aroma can be dominant, lapsang souchong is often described as mellow, mild, and subtle in comparison to other black teas. Tea drinkers desiring a slightly less smokiness but a stronger tea often prefer Russian caravan tea, a blend that includes lapsang souchong among other black teas.

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This tea sorely disappointed me and left me feeling sad and empty. I thought from the description that I was going to like it, but the description was somewhere between severely misleading and blatantly wrong. Thank you to Organic Herbie for the free sample. But PLEASE, update the description for this tea because it is...

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95 / 100
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
Jul. 13th, 2018

I call Lapsang Souchong "campfire tea" and I love its smokey aroma. Sometimes smoke is all you taste, but not with this tea -- it has a lovely flavour behind the smoke. I don't usually buy tea on-line but this was worth the trouble.

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85 / 100
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Lapsang Souchong from Twinings

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????
Jun. 29th, 2018

Smells and tastes like a firepit. That's all I need to say. But that ain't all I'm sayin'... So, this tea, if you've got a rough demeanor, is just for you. Me and my few biker friends will enjoy this stuff now and then. We all may sit by the firepit after a ride, smoke some cigars, and drink some burnt wood tea ("BWT" ...

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84 / 100
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This is a weird tea. The dry leaves smell like chocolate and flowers, but as soon as water is added it smells like baked potatoes. It takes a while to brew: I usually end up brewing it for 6-7 minutes the first time and even longer for the next two infusions for a total of three cups.

The flavor is somewhat unusual...

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90 / 100
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I am a bit of a connoisseur of Lapsang Souchong. I have tried them from many different brands, and I think that the H&S offering of it is by far the best. The smokiness of it is beyond fantastic and I think that it's just amazing.

As a previous reviewer said, Lapsang Souchong isn't really a tea for everyone - it sme...

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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Twinings
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
18
8 Ratings
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Hu-Kwa Tea

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
100
4 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Wuyi, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
75
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Black Dragon

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings

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Hu-Kwa Tea

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
100
4 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Wuyi, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
75
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Twinings
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
18
8 Ratings

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