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Lapsang Souchong

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Lapsang Souchong is an elegant black tea smoke-dried over a pinewood fire. Its flavor and aroma are described as containing empyreumatic notes, including wood smoke, pine resin, smoked paprika, and dried longan.

According to legend, in the mid-17th century, villagers were forced to hide their harvest of fresh tea from an invading army. When the army left, the tea needed to be dried quickly to reach the market on time. The villagers used open fires of pine wood to dry the tea leaves. At the market, the Dutch loved this new specialty tea and Lapsang Souchong was born.

Our premium Lapsang Souchong hails from Taiwan (rather than mainland China), specifically from Nantou County, and is regarded as one of the world's finest Lapsangs. It makes a very smooth and deep flavorful cup of tea with mild hints of pine and oak fire.

Lapsang Souchong is best enjoyed hot and unsweetened.

Brewing Instructions (per each 6 oz. of water):


  • Wake up with energizing black tea - the caffeine in tea hits different
  • Antioxidants in tea promote overall physical well-being
  • The chemical composition of tea promotes focus and concentration

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16 Reviews

  • 4
    Title of review 4334

    Posted by Peter Coddington on May 29th 2020

  • 5
    Title of review 4222

    Posted by D on Apr 24th 2020

  • 5
    Title of review 4194

    Posted by Jonathan Ladd on Apr 14th 2020

  • 5
    Title of review 4129

    Posted by Marge on Mar 31st 2020

  • 1
    As intense as liquid smoke...not the tea for me.

    Posted by JCK on Mar 20th 2020

    I generally like earthiness in foods, and the smoky aroma and taste described for the lapsang souchong sounded great. It turned out to have such an overpowering pine, campfire smell and taste that I was totally put off. Be forewarned: this reminds me of a bottle of liquid smoke. Not in a good way.

  • 4
    Title of review 3953

    Posted by Anonymous on Nov 2nd 2019

  • 5
    A Longstanding Favorite

    Posted by Anonymous on Jul 16th 2019

    Love this and glad it was available. Wish the Irish Breakfast would come back!

  • 5
    Smokey flavor is right!

    Posted by Lois K G Hilgers on Jul 15th 2019

    Feel like I am on a camping it...

  • 5
    Title of review 3829

    Posted by Christine Teneralli on Jul 9th 2019

  • 4
    Nice. Part B of "Bourbon Vanilla"

    Posted by Ronald Hadee on May 21st 2019

    I mix this tea 50/50 with Madagascar Vanilla to make the no longer available "Organic Bourbon Vanilla". Note: The "Organic Bourbon Vanilla" we give 5 big stars!

  • 5
    Title of review 3660

    Posted by Anonymous on Feb 16th 2019

  • 5
    Great smoky tea

    Posted by Anonymous on Feb 5th 2019

    If you like smoky flavored black tea, this one is excellent.