Lapsang Souchong

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Dried Fruit, Scotch, Smoke, Sweet, Wood, Campfire, Earth, Medicinal, Pine, Tobacco, Whiskey
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Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Valentin S.
Average preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “Thanks, adagio breeze for swapping! I used this to make a Lapsang baked tofu. (Recipe from here: http://www.guavarose.com/2012/03/lapsang-souchong-tofu-4/) It turned out great!...” Read full tasting note
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  • “The scent of a wood-burning fire and the taste reminiscent of a fine single-malt whiskey — this was the Lapsang Souchong that took me from a fan to a convert. Dense, earthy, smokey, delicious.” Read full tasting note
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  • “I have had smoked teas before, but they were a bit bland and there was just this one aroma that overshadowed all others. This one is different. The smell of the brewed tea is that of a light camp...” Read full tasting note
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    ValentinS 4 tasting notes
  • “Has the aroma of Laphroiag or Talisker whisky with the smell of phenols, creosote and tar coming strongly through. If you like peaty whiskies you’ll love this taste but the aroma is even more...” Read full tasting note
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    johnny7 6 tasting notes

From Fortnum & Mason

To give this tea its unmistakable flavour, the plucked leaves are placed in bamboo baskets and smoked over smouldering fires from particular pine trees. Once confined to China’s Fujian province, it is now enjoyed across the globe. Drink it alone, or add a spoonful to other black teas to lend them a hint of its aromatic flavour.

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Thanks, adagio breeze for swapping!
I used this to make a Lapsang baked tofu. (Recipe from here: http://www.guavarose.com/2012/03/lapsang-souchong-tofu-4/)
It turned out great! This was the perfect Lapsang to use – strongly smokey with a good amount of depth. Tasted awesome with the saltiness of the shoyu mixed in. It’s making me very tempted to add some salt next time I drink a cup!

TheTeaFairy

OMG! What a great idea this is , never would have thought of that, thank you! I usually add a few drops of liquid smoke to tofu when I BBQ it, but lapsang will add a new dimension to it, love the recipe :-)

CrowKettle

I can’t wait to try out that recipe!

Lindsey

It was delicious and really easy to make!

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The scent of a wood-burning fire and the taste reminiscent of a fine single-malt whiskey — this was the Lapsang Souchong that took me from a fan to a convert. Dense, earthy, smokey, delicious.

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I have had smoked teas before, but they were a bit bland and there was just this one aroma that overshadowed all others. This one is different. The smell of the brewed tea is that of a light camp fire with a lot of sweetness, but its taste is only mildly smoky. It’s not like a liquid ham sandwich, but more like fruit that were dried by a fire and that took up a little smoke. I find that very pleasant. People often recommend to steep lapsang souchong only for a few seconds to a minute or two and to do that several times. I think this tea also allows for longer steeping times, as it does not really get bitter, even after 10 minutes and longer (I just leave the leafs in the pot, so the tea develops). Given the quality and heritage of this tea it is a true bargain and worth trying.
PS: It was the favourite of Sir Winston Churchill. It is therefore a drink that truly stands for Britain.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Scotch, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Has the aroma of Laphroiag or Talisker whisky with the smell of phenols, creosote and tar coming strongly through. If you like peaty whiskies you’ll love this taste but the aroma is even more incredible. If it tasted like it smelt it would probably be undrinakable but the taste though peaty has no bad aftertastes and is quite rich in texture. I thought I would try a cup and ended up having another straight after.

Flavors: Campfire, Earth, Medicinal, Pine, Smoke, Tobacco, Whiskey

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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