Lapsang Souchong is a fully oxidized tea from Lap mountain, and means "Lapu mountain small varietal" in the local language. Lapsang has been called caravan tea, Russian tea, smoked tea or Lapsang Souchong. What they all have in common is a smoky taste. But true Lapsang varietal only grows on Lapu mountain in the Wu Yi mountain range in Fujian. This tea is becoming harder and harder to find in it's original form because so little of it is produced, and each year production diminishes. Fake tea, flavored with smoke is more common, and several kinds of tea are used instead of real Lapu mountain varietal. But when you taste the true Lapu mountain tea, you'll see why it's so much better. Care has been taken to oxidize the leaves then gently smoke them for 72 hours over a pine wood fire. In this way, the taste of the tea is balanced with the taste of the smoke. Notes of longan fruit, pine smoke and whisky will linger delectably on your palate. Larger leaves than the Lapsang Souchong V.S. mean a lower price for a high grade of an every day tea.
One ounce gives 14 portions of tea that can be steeped up to 6 times. And for fun, you can read about the adventure story of finding this tea here.
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