A large, whole leaf tea from the northern hills of the Fujian province in China. Legend tells us that in the mid 17th century, an invading army forced the villagers to hide their fresh tea harvest. When the army left, the tea needed to be dried quickly in order to reach the market on time; so the villagers used open fires of pine wood to dry the tea. The villagers took this tea to market and sold it to the Dutch as a “special” tea. To their surprise, the Dutch loved their smoky tea, and Lapsang Souchong was created. A smooth, crisp tea which yields a tarry and smoky taste, Lapsang Souchong goes well with smoked or barbequed meats.