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

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
May. 20th, 2020

This is an excellent tea. I am not normally a lapsang souchong enthusiast, but this one is quite compelling. Smokey, but not overpoweringly so. It's rich but mellow, with a natural sweetness. Hints of cinnamon. I have tried both the loose leaf and teabags and they are equally fine. Highly recommended.

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80 / 100
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa
Feb. 8th, 2020

As expected the aroma is similar to a pine forest on fire, or a freshly paved road. For those new to lapsing souchong, it might be a bit intimidating. Those who are adverse to trying because of the aroma are missing out on a wonderful cup of tea. The liquor is a deep amber color. The flavor is nice. Once brewed, the bu...

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75 / 100

I'm not much of a fan of smoky teas. It's really a matter of personal history. It takes me back to a house filled with fire smoke or cigarette smoke, and my frantically opening windows, choking just to breathe. Now, somehow, this tea managed to clear that all away and elicit only my positive memories of smoke -- clean,...

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85 / 100
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Found this in a Chinese market at the mall in Arcadia, CA. They had a huge selection of teas. I picked up a couple of ounces of this. It was priced at $30 per pound.

It is a very dark tea, black actually, and it has a heavy, smoky smell. However, after brewing the flavor is not as intense as you would expect. The br...

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75 / 100
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This is a perfectly good Lapsang Souchong. Smoky and lightly bitter, but not harsh. Slightly aromatic finish.

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Most-Rated Lapsang Souchong

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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Twinings
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
32
8 Ratings
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Hu-Kwa Tea

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
97
6 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
93
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
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

Top-Rated Lapsang Souchong

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Hu-Kwa Tea

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
97
6 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
93
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong Organic Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
93
3 Ratings
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Lapsang Souchong

Brand:Twinings
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
32
8 Ratings

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