Lapsang Souchong from Best International Tea

Lapsang Souchong from S.D. Bell'sUpon opening this single serving teabag of premium quality Lapsang Souchong, I was immediately struck with the fragrance of an open fire first thing in the morning whilst camping.

The smokey aroma will remind you of holidays with family around a fireplace.  The flavor is smoky, strong and heady, with notes ginger and  walnuts that linger.  The liquor itself is a deep mahogany in color with a ruddy hue at the edge of the cup.

Although this tea is actually produced by S.D. Bell’s Tea, it is sold through Best International Tea as one of their lovely teas.

Roasting in a bamboo basket called {en:honglong} that is heated over burning firewood, which contributes to the dried {en:longan} aroma and smoky flavor. Pine tree was used as the firewood for smoking Lapsang Souchong and contains the characteristic resin aroma and taste.  The story goes that the tea was created during the Qing era when the passage of armies delayed the annual drying of the tea leaves in the Wuyi hills. Eager to satisfy demand, the tea producers sped up the drying process by having their workers dry the tea leaves over fires made from local pines.  This tradition has not been lost.

Best International Tea describes this tea as:

China, naturally smoked with light refreshing liquor, presented in an attractive and suitably styled caddy.

This tea is a premium quality Lapsang Souchong that is sure to please even the most discerning palate.  Without sweetener, this is a strongly smoky, yet silky tea. With a bit of honey, the nuttier flavors seem to open more.

I however, would not recommend adding cream, or citrus such as lemon to this tea. The smoky flavor is distorted and turns a bit bitter.  This makes for a wonderful tea to come in from the cold to. Dark and full bodied, this tea warms the scenes all at the same time.

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