Origin: Fujian, China
Flavor Profile: Astringent, bold, and downright smoky. Lapsang Souchong is famous for its aroma that suggests smoke-cured meat, or delicious bacon, but the flavor is lightly tarry, subtly sweet, and potently smokey.
Tea Story: Pine-smoked intensi-tea. Lapsang Souchong has been withered over pine or cedar fires, pan-fired, rolled, and roasted, before finally drying in bamboo baskets over burning pine.
Lapasang Souchong is not for the faint-hearted. Unlike anything else, and totally unmistakable. Lapsang is an unusual, exotic delight with milk and sugar. Or try some with some almond milk and honey when gathered around a mountain campfire, or dining-room candle.
Samovarian Poetry: Zealously tarry, ancient & smoky. Delicious with milk & sugar.
Food Pairings: Lapsang Souchong is great paired with spicy or salty foods. The smoky flavor especially compliments smoked fish and poultry.
A classic desert pairing is Lapsang Souchong and chocolate: pot de creme, truffles, or eclair. Burnt caramel and Lapsang are also a well- mirrored flavor treat. Think creme brule.
Many a San Francisco chef has come to us to buy our Lapang Souchong wholesale for use in their kitchen. The pine smoke depth of this tea has made its way into marinades and baked onto poultry and fish.
At the tea lounge we pair it with our Smoked Salmon dishes, Ginger Quinoa Waffle, Wasabi-Ceasar salad, and Chinese style stir-fry.