Lapsang Souchong originates from the Tongmu Village, Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, China. The word "Souchong" literally means "sub variety" or "little species". Like other Chinese famous mountains, Wuyi Mountains are well-known home and abroad for their beautiful scenery and glorious tea history. Located in the subtropical zone, influenced by typical temperate climate, these mountains rich in vegetation have various flowers and green plants luxuriating all year around due to its warm and mild climatic conditions and fertile soil.
The four seasons here are clear and the annual total rainfall has more than 2,300 mm. Deep mountains (1200-1500m above sea level), sea of clouds, lush vegetation and crystal mountain spring present a marvelous picture here and make this land especially suitable for tea cultivation. The lowest temperature (-15℃) days concentrates on January. The lowest average temperature in January is 3℃ and the highest average temperature in July can reach up to 24℃ and the mean annual temperature is 17℃. The frost days are more than 100 days.
This tea is crafted with the same traditional techniques used hundreds of years ago. Lapsang Souchong is the tea made famous by the British royal family and by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictitious character, Sherlock Holmes. Our Lapsang Souchong is smoked over red pine (horsetail pine), giving it the distinct rich smoked aroma and flavor. For this special manufacture, tea leaves after smoking will present the color of dark brown, and the liquor will be bright deep red. Because black tea has a strong capability of absorption, while pine charcoal will release plenty of smoke when burning, so the Lapsang Souchong, produced by hands, has a heavy flavor of smoked and pine, which is suitable for people who prefer strong flavors.
◆ Origin: Wuyi mountains, Fujian province, China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: this tea has a deep red, bright liquor and a smoked taste with a mellow, sweet aftertaste.
◆ Notes & Well Being: black teas contain antioxidants which help to reduce the cholesterol and the affects of aging that is caused by free radicals.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
195°F - 205°F
3 - 5 Minutes