Lapsang Â Souchong Â has its origin in southeastern China but is also produced in Taiwan.
With a distinctive pungent aroma, recognizable form the moment the tin is opened or the first cup is poured, Lapsang Souchong is an adventurous departure from the ordinary. Its smoky fragrance and flavor come from drying the tea leaves over a pinewood fire. Lapsang was a favorite with Western pioneers and is a great companion on modern-day camping trips.
This tea brews up a rich amber color with a strong smoky aroma. It has a thick body and a robust but surprisingly sweet and smooth taste. Many compare Lapsang Souchong’s taste to that of a fine Scotch whisky. In fact, Sir Winston Churchill, who was quite fond of this tea, was known to add a little bit of Scotch to his afternoon cup!
Lapsang Souchong is pleasing served black or with milk and sugar. It’s taste complements smoked fish, meats, and cheeses. It also adds an exotic note when used as a cooking liquid with rice and other foods.