Lapsang Souchong loose leaf black tea comes from the Mount Wuyi region of Fujian, one of China’s greatest tea-producing regions. Connoisseurs revere Lapsang Souchong for its smooth and smoldering profile and alluringly crisp liquor. The tea is made from the lower leaves of the plant, which have a more potent, striking flavor than the upper leaves. These are withered, rolled and held in bamboo baskets over pinewood flames. This meticulous process imbues the leaves with a distinctly smoky flavor that marries excellently with savory dishes. Chinese immigrants introduced Lapsang Souchong to American pioneers in the 19th century, and it quickly became one of their favorite teas. Winston Churchill also loved Lapsang Souchong, often drinking it mixed with a shot of Scotch.
These black tea leaves come in elegant Tea Forte containers, each filled with 35-50 servings. For the optimum cup, steep 1 teaspoon of leaves per 8 ounces of water, at 208 F for 2-5 minutes. When making iced tea, use 2 teaspoons of leaves.
Lapsang Souching is a creation of Tea Forte. This company began in Massachusetts in 2003, with a highly stylized product line based on traditional Japanese tea drinking ceremonies, intended to “elevate a cup of tea into an extraordinary experience for all your senses.” Today, they present an unparalleled variety of handcrafted teas and tea accessories with sumptuously decorated packaging. Enjoyed in over 35 countries, their products can be found in the most prestigious restaurants, hotels, resorts and luxury retailers, making them ultimate ambassadors of the tea-drinking experience.