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.
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.