Six Things You Should Know About Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong - Photo is courtesy of Poppet with a Camera
Lapsang Souchong – Photo is courtesy of Poppet with a Camera

1) It’s love it or hate it tea. I’ve not seen too many tea drinkers in-between. Either they get strong positive thoughts about Lapsang Souchong or hate it at first sight. I can guarantee you that if you fall on the positive side of this scale, your love will go on for a life.

2)It’s black tea. It’s produced quite similar to any other type of black tea with the exception of its smokiness. So please do not confuse it with any herbal tea. Some even argue that this tea is the origin of black tea.

3) The most distinctive feature of this tea is its smokiness both aroma and flavor-wise.  That’s why it’s also known as ‘smoked tea’. It’s dried over pinewood fire which explains smokiness. How much smoky is it? Very very smoky. If you do not like too much smokiness but fancy for a little bit of it; then go for Russian Caravan black tea.

4) It’s originally from Togmu Village in famous Wuyi region of Fujian. For those who are into oolong teas, Wuyi region is known for its high quality oolong teas such as Da Hong Pao. Production of Lapsang Souchong is not limited to China though; it’s produced in Taiwan as well.

5) This tea is invented by accident. According to legend, when an army of warriors passing through a village they interrupted production of green tea which was only type of tea back then. When they left, villagers had not much time to dry teas and get them to market in time. Villagers came up with the idea of speeding up drying process by using pine-wood fire which at the end led to invention of Lapsang Souchong.

6) Contrary to common belief this tea is not popular in China. It’s mostly produced for external demand.