Origin: Jiangxi Province
Our Lapsang Souchong (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, 正山小种) is amazing. We know, that’s a bold statement, and some will disagree. But Lapsang Souchong is a love it or hate it proposition, and we’ve given our hearts to this tea. This is one of our strongest teas, think bridge abutments or skyscraper foundations. This is our most pungent tea — we send it to you in a ziplock bag in addition to our regular packaging.
The black tea is redolent three distinct flavors at once — the black tea base, a hint of longyan (Dragon Eye, a Chinese tree fruit similar to lychee) and the pinewood smoke which is the tea’s most defining element.
Lapsang Souchong is available by 2.75 oz tin or by the pound. Wondering if you'll like it? Try a taste! Tasting samples are available for all our teas and good for two cups.
See Brewing Guidelines for more information.
If you're looking for a delicious Lapang Souchong, you're likely to really enjoy this tea. If you've never had a smoked tea before, it might not be for you. Try a small sample first as many can find this style of tea overwhelming.
The leaf quality is high, lots of full leaves and a full pungent taste. Delicacy isn't what you're looking for in this style, but it has some nice nuance.
Love it. The smell is amazing..great after taste.
LRC's lapsang souchong is among the best I've ever had, and tops in the quality of the tea itself - beautiful leaves, exceptional taste - so happy to have found this!
Smooth black tea traditionally smoked over pine-wood fire. The tea equivalent to peaty Laphroaig whisky. Delicious!