Lapsang Souchong is fumigated with pine needles or pine wood, with rich and thick aroma. It is one of the oldest kinds of tea in the world. Gongfu black tea is developed on its base. Lapsang Souchong is ideal for dishes mixed with curry and meat, so it develops into the worl-famous afternoon tea in Europe.
Brewing difficulty: General difficulty,
Best season to taste: Summer
Origin: Wuyi Mountain, Fujian Province
Shape: Superfine Lapsang Souchong black tea is with small bar. The first grade Souchong is with bigger bar while the second grade of Souchong is not as regular bar-shaped as the first grade, with some tea slices.
Liquid: The soup is dark yellow. The top grade is with golden ring in the soup. The inferior is light, dark and turbid.
Aroma: The superior smells thick and lingering aroma of pine smoke at the bottom of the cup. The inferior has slight odor of pine smoke and it is thin, short and varied.
Taste: The superior tastes long and soft while the bad can make people have the choky and throat-cutting feeling.
Water temperature: boiling water about 95℃.
Tea sets: the purple clay teapot or small pot, and small cup to drink.
Lapsang Souchong is extremely popular in Europe
Lapsang souchong is one of the oldest black tea in the world. It has a history of 400 years so far. Lapsang Souchong is ideal for dishes mixed with curry and meat, so it develops into the worl-famous afternoon tea in Europe.Lapsang Souchong is fumigated with pine needles or pine wood, with rich and thick aroma.
The name of Lapsang Souchong
Lapsang souchong is classified into black tea. Together with the artificial souchong tea, they are collectively called souchong black tea. During the late 1890s, it was first produced in the Tongmu area of Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province. This kind of tea once took Xiaocun village as the distributting centre, so it was also called Xingcun souchong. There was a fierce competition between the foreign and domestic tea markets. Thus the fighting between the Lapsang souchong and foreign tea occurred. It got the name of Lapsang souchong, for it had the meaning of legitimacy.
A documentary about Tea master of Lapsang Sochong