Item No: 4831-50
Not for the faint of heart this Lapsang Souchong. A tea with full-bodied, smoky flavour and a reddish liquor. Great on a cold damp winter's night.
Souchong" refers to the fourth and fifth leaves of the tea plant, further away from the more highly prized bud (pekoe) of the tea plant. These leaves are coarser than the leaves closer to the bud and have fewer aromatic compounds. Smoking provides a way to create a marketable product from these less desirable leaves. The leaves are roasted in a bamboo basket called a honglong which is heated over burning firewood, which contributes to the dried longan aroma and smoky flavour. Pinewood is used as the firewood for Lapsang Souchong and contains the characteristic resin aroma and taste. This tea seems to have appeal to drinkers on a cold damp night and is most popular in the colder weather.