by Rebecca Domorev January 28, 2021 3 min read
Written by Layla Wyatt
Do you prefer tea with a smoky aroma? The type that reminds you of a campfire?
Lapsang Souchong is a black tea made of Camellia sinensis leaves, smoke-dried over a pinewood fire. Its name comes from Fuzhou dialect words “La” (pine), Sang “wood”, and “souchong” (small sort). Before the tea economy adopted the term “lapsang”, this tea leaf was referred to as “smoky souchong”.
Lapsang Souchong originated in the Wuyi Mountain areas in 1646. It was created by civilians fleeing from Qing soldiers during the campaign against the Southern Ming. Before leaving, they quickly dried the newly-plucked leaves over pinewood to prevent these from getting spoiled. Despite the unusual odour, the tea leaves were still sold to Dutch traders. Interestingly, the process made black tea more delicious.
Luke Wood, a health and wellness counsellor at Monkeyfoodz, makes sure he drinks a cup of high-quality tea a few times a week. He shares, “Drinking tea has always been associated with wellness. Modern science reinforced this with numerous in-depth studies about the effects of tea consumption on the human body and mind.”
Lapsang Souchong tea is loaded with antioxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It also contains certain compounds that enhance mood and brain function. And let’s not forget its moderate caffeine content!
Smoked tea flavours come to a spectrum of flavours. Lapsang Souchong tea, generally, has a smooth, smoky, and piney taste and aroma. You may also get some notes of spice!
This tea type isn’t like any traditional black tea because it is sweet, refreshing taste that lingers in your mouth. Here are more black tea options.
Lapsang souchong tea can be enjoyed any time of the year, but it is best consumed during cold seasons as it brings a warm, relaxing experience.
This unique beverage can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with a sweetener such as milk, sugar, or honey. You may use dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk---the opportunities are almost limitless.
Some enthusiasts sweeten their tea with maple syrup, which has vanilla and caramel notes that delectably complements the smoky flavour of Lapsang Souchong.
Black tea servings usually have ¼ to ½ of the caffeine content of brewed coffee, depending on the tea leaves' steeping time and age. Since the Lapsang souchong leaves are larger and more aged than most black teas, they are less caffeinated. Here’s a guide to making a nice cup of tea.
Only those teas with residues due to a particular smoking process are outlawed in Europe. There are Lapsang Souchong brands that use an EU standard process. When purchasing any tea, make sure that the manufacturer is compliant to industry standards.
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