Lapsang Souchong, often called Smoked Tea, never had much popularity in China. It began as an export product about one and a half century ago. This Tea is known for its distinctive smoky aroma and flavour.
To achieve this flavour, the Tea leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After panfrying and rolling, they are pressed into wooden barrels and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are fried again and rolled into taut strips. Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavor.
Most say it was invented when soldiers took over a tea factory in Xingun (Star Village) during the Qing dynasty in China. When they finally left, the workers had to dry their tea in record time to sell it at the market. In desperation they lit open fires of pine to speed the process, and wood-smoked Lapsang Souchong was born.
In terms of health benefits, it is considered that Lapsang Souchong stimulates digestion, strengthens your immune system, lowers the bad cholesterol and helps fighting fat cells.
This is definitely not everyone’s cup of Tea but we would love to hear your opinion on this Tea.
This Tea is often used in Tea cooking as well so stay tuned as we’ll be sharing some recipes soon.
Happy Tea Break.