"Lapsang Souchong" Smoked Black Tea | Organic
One of the more aromatically distinctive teas, from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian, known for its smoky flavor and scent, jet black and roughly twisted leaves infused with the savory smoky flavor from being smoked over green pine roots.
The tea itself is mild, clean and balances with a gentle sweetness as it hosts a subtle flavor reminiscent of pipe tobacco making it a fan favorite over many who also appreciate single-malt Scotch whisky and fine cigars.
When steeped in boiling water, the finished tea leaves are thick and black, yielding a brilliant reddish-orange cup of tea.
It may be consumed as a beverage, but it can also be used in cooking. Add a smokey flavor to meat, noodles, and risotto by grating it in your grinder. It pairs well with salty and spicy dishes or cheese.
This smoky black tea is not only tasty, but it also offers a number of health benefits: Cardiovascular health improves blood flow while lowering harmful cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Lapsang tea is an excellent antioxidant that aids in the prevention of infections.
◉ Green, Black, White, Oolong, and Pu-erh all come from the same plant, containing variable amounts of caffeine. In general, black and Pu-erh teas have the highest amount, followed by oolong teas, green teas, and the lowest amount found in white teas.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
Black Tea Brewing Instructions
- Hot Brew
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil (95° C).
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water. If you prefer a stronger cup, include more tea instead of a longer steep time to prevent the likelihood of a more bitter flavor.
- Pour the heated water over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 3-5 minutes or more. Small leaves infuse more quickly than large leaves. The amount of time you steep your tea depends on your taste preferences; a longer period equals a stronger tea. At the three-minute mark, taste the tea, and then every 30 seconds after that until you find the flavor that you like most.
- Black tea can often be steeped 2 or 3 times, producing new flavors with each cup. Slightly increase the water temperature and steeping time for each brew.
- Add milk and honey, or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
- Cold Brew
A cold infusion delivers flavors that are sweeter, smoother, more complex, and can be made in a number of different ways.
The Fast Way
Follow the steps as shown in the "Hot Brew", but use less water, and perhaps even more tea, in order to produce tea concentrate.
Strain and pour over ice or cold water.
15' to 60' Ready
Add 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 200ml - 250ml of water. Pour ice-cold water over the tea, stir, cover, and steep for 15 minutes at least. If you're making iced tea with green, black, white, oolong, or Pu-erh, make sure you taste it every now and then after the first 15', as it might get bitter. Serve over ice and enjoy.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!