Steep for 3-5 minutes, 208°F
For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
Did You Know?
Tea Forté Lapsang Souchong black tea is admired by tea aficionados for its rich, smoldering smoky flavor and its malt Scotch notes and aroma. This black tea is made from the lower leaves on the tea plant, the “souchong leaves”. These leaves are more robust in character than the more subtle flavor of top two “leaves and a bud”. The more delicate character would be overwhelmed by the smoking process. The souchong leaves contain less theanine than the uppermost leaves. The leaves are withered, rolled and placed in bamboo baskets over smoldering pinewood fires, impregnating the leaf with a smoky distinctive flavor that is a perfect complement to savory dishes. Lapsang Souchong was a favorite of Winston Churchill, who always enjoyed it with a shot of Scotch in his teacup.Tasting Notes:
- Flavor: strong, sweet, smoky, spicy
- Aroma: smoky and sweet
- Color: rich red
- Strength: smooth, strong, full-bodied
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I could not imagine drinking this tea, but I DO COOK with it.If you would like to give a meat-like quality to vegetarian dishes it's wonderful. Example is cooking green lentils with this tea placed in the water.
I did not like this tea at all. It tasted like smoke from a camp fire. It just was not my cup of tea, only had one cup, and threw the rest in the garbage. I felt it was that bad at least to my taste.
I have drunk Lapsang-Souchong for years, but this is the best. By far, this is the best. I am very please with my order. I only just got it and first had to try this wonderful tea, and I am VERY pleased. Blood orange as well as the key lime ginger also smell incredible and all are large high-quality leaves. Thank you!
The first time I made some of this tea my co-workers thought there was a camp fire in my cube! Very strong smell, some may not like it but I do. Taste is great, as the description says, smokey! item is being added to my short list of favorites.
I've never tried lapsang souchong before, so I gave it a chance since it was on sale... First off, the aroma thoughts: "smoky-fresh-night-scent of-sitting-by-the-camp-fire-in-the-forest"... I just wanted to take it all in and never exhale... I couldn't wait to feel what it tastes like! First sip moved me and touched me in the way no other tea ever did. It was love at first sight. I've realized I never want to run out of this tea, ever! So I've ordered three more boxes on the spot. My feelings for it grow stronger with every day, it is as complex as a tea can be, every day I rediscover it anew and our love affair is unending! And when I say indescribable, I mean out of this world... Delicate and silky, yet powerful and mind-blowing... Evokes deep passions not known before and leaves You completely satisfied, yet craving for more! :)
I freely admit that this is not the tea for everyone but it is one that I make sure I never run out of. If you are the kind of person who loves a good Islay whiskey or maybe an occasional cigar or maybe the smell of a good campfire or maybe you just prefer your tea to have a little bit of bite to it then this is a tea for you. You can smell the hint of smoke when you open up the canister and the tea has such a rich dark taste that leads the LS faithful to flock to it. The first time you brew this tea you might want to do so in an open area since the aroma may be overpowering to you compared to regular tea brewing. The urban legend has it that the tea was created during the Qing era. The tea leaves normally come from the Wuyi province and are consistently dried at one point in the season. Well armies marching through the area delayed normal drying of the tea leaves. Not to waste a good product, the tea producers sped up the drying process by having their minions dry the tea leaves over fires made from local pines. The resulting change in the flavor became so sought after it was done ever since. Not likely true but it makes for a good story.
I purchased this tea simply because I had never heard or seen the name. It is wonderful. it has become my favorite tea. It has a unique smell but an absolutely wonderful taste.