|From its birthplace in China’s Wuyi Mountains in the northern Fujian Province,
Lapsang Souchong, or Tarry Lapsang as it’s called in the West is a black tea in-
fused with pine smoke to give it a strong, smoky flavor all its own. This is a tea
you’ll either love or hate, with no middle ground.
|Also known as Russian Car-
avan in the West, it has a
huge following of devoted fans that enjoy
drinking the brew straight up, without con-
diments of lemon, milk, or sweeteners of any
kind.There are two methods of production for
Lapsang Souchong tea. One is the ancient,
limited production and authentic artisan
method called Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong.
The other is the much larger production of
black tea that is
|Lapsang Souchong starts out as a finished black tea, manufactured in
the large tea producing region of Wuyi Shan and surrounding area. From
there it is shipped to the smoking sheds located deep in the Wuyi moun-
tains.Once there, the tea receives a hard, hot smoke, imbuing it with the desir-
ed amount of smokiness requested by the buyer it will eventually go to.
The smoking shed is three levels high and open in the front, with the top
The fully manufactured
black tea is laid
Lapsang Souchong is only exposed to in-
When buying Lapsang Souchong teas, you’ll find two styles; the heavy, strong
Taiwanese style, and the original lighter, more mild Fujian style. You’ll find that the lesser
Whichever you choose, be ready for a tea that makes a statement about what it is.