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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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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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86 / 100
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Very nice tea! It has a strong chocolate taste/aroma and also has some sweet potato hints as well. Pretty good tea for the price also.

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80 / 100
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Lapsang Souchong is not a tea for everybody, and this one is especially strong and smoky, a great beverage for a gloomy winter afternoon. You can almost feel woodsmoke in it. It's too aggressive for me to enjoy very often -- I have to be in a mood for it. But I could imagine a bit of it blended with another tamer bl...

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92 / 100

Lapsong Souchong from Tea & Absinthe

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: ?????
Sep. 12th, 2017

This tea is really quite impressive. Whether dry or brewed, its aroma and its flavor both remind me of smokiness from some sort of aromatic wood used for barbecuing -- though it is not "barbecue" flavored. Perhaps it reminds me of camping mixed with a cigarette smoke that somehow isn't gross?

The smokiness is very p...

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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Twinings
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
16
7 Ratings
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Hu-Kwa Tea

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

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
74
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
7
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Wuyi, Fujian, 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
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
74
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Twinings
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
16
7 Ratings
Picture of Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Lapsang Souchong Wild Black Tea (Ye Sheng Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Wuyi, Fujian, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
7
3 Ratings

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