Lapsang Souchong Star (organic)

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65 / 100

Calculated from 63 Ratings
Tea type
Black Tea
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Chinese Black Tea
Campfire, Earth, Pine, Smoke, Tobacco, Wood, Drying, Fireplace, Oak wood, Scotch, Whiskey, Cedar, Wet Earth, Ash, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bark, Brandy, Dark Wood, Leather, Pepper, Smooth, Tar, Thick
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Fair Trade, Organic
Typical Preparation
Use 31 oz / 917 ml of water
Set water temperature to 205 °F / 96 °C
Use 4 g of tea
Steep for 4 min, 30 sec
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“So I was feeling adventurous today when I bought this, because I’ve always wondered about smoky teas. I found a smoky beer that I absolutely fell in love with at a local brewery, but they aren’t...” Read full tasting note
“Okay. A coworker gave me some of this to try a month or two ago but I have been so afraid of it that I held off trying until today. I used a scant teaspoon in my perfect tea mug for 3 or 4 minutes...” Read full tasting note
“Backlog More of the same deal, learned pretty quickly I didn’t care for David’s actual tea leaves in general. On the plus side, I used the rest of the pouch to make a vegetarian-friendly smoke rub...” Read full tasting note
“Big Trouble in Little Lapsang! #1 of 3 Let me start by saying that I like Lapsang Souchong (or at least the three I tried) as a deviation from the more popular or mainstream fare and my scores for...” Read full tasting note


If you like single-malt whisky and fine cigars, then this is the tea for you. Most say it was invented when soldiers took over a tea factory in Xingun (Star Village) during the Qing dynasty in China. When they finally left, the workers had to dry their tea in record time to sell it at the market. In desperation they lit open fires of pine to speed the process, and wood-smoked Lapsang Souchong was born.


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