Lapsang souchong is a venerable old tea and one you must try if you want to have a knowledge the most famous of all scented black teas. It differs from other teas in that at the end of the tea making process, just before the tea is finally dried, it is laid out in bamboo trays in an enclosed room. Below them are smoldering pinewood fires whose smoke wafts up through the leaves. The finished tea has a deep smokey aroma.
Some Lapsangs can be harsh due to poor tea selection and processing procedures. We have selected a particularly fine example of Lapsang Souchong that is surprisingly mild in taste with a slightly sweet finish.
Pine-smoked black tea
Use 2 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water. Generally this works out to a teaspoon per every 6 ounces of water. Steep for 3 minutes with boiling water.