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Original Lapsang Souchong

The original Lapsang Souchong from the birthplace of this famous tea.
Here is a rare chance to try authentic Lapsang Souchong from the farm where it was created over 400 years ago, in Tong Mu Village. This outstanding black tea, made by an artisan farmer, has a rounded, sweet flavour with hints of cocoa and dry, spicy fruit. The famous smoky notes are achieved by smoking the leaves in the traditional artisan way over pine wood fires, using wood that comes from the surrounding valley. It is much lighter than a traditional 'tarry' lapsang which is made for foreign markets: this is the way it is made for the Chinese.

Delicately smoky, just as the Chinese drink this famous tea.

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*Based on a 3g serving, infused twice

Original Lapsang Souchong

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Don't be put off by what you've drunk before


/ 5

Canton Tea Company changed my mind about Lapsang Souchong when I bought some of the pyramid bags to just check I didn't really like it that much. What a delight - not the tea equivalent of that barbecue "liquid smoke" you get on everything in American restaurants. I love it...but then they said even that wasn't the finest example. If the Lapsang we grew up with is the worst Australian Chardonnay (lots of oak in there mate), the pyramid bags are a rather refined Pinot Grigio...and this is finest Chablis. Subtle, mineral and fruit notes with the smoke hinting at Autumn not pungent like a recently tarred road. Wonderful.

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Perfect summer tea


/ 5

This lapsang is the perfect summer tea - for a real lift and wonderfully subtle flavours.

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/ 5

I have just had my 1st pot of the Lapsang. I followed the instructions precisely and it was superb!! Refreshing enervating, clean on the palate. Everything a black tea should be - my opinion. Hints of chocolate, but not sweet, just very satisfying:) to drink.

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Love love love


/ 5

Love, love this tea! If only all Lapsangs were created equal...! Smooth, gentle smokiness, long aftertaste and re- infuses brilliantly. Still TRYING to appreciate the subtleties of white teas and oolongs but... No effort required here at all. Thank you!

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Privileged to have tried this


/ 5

I'm one of those who likes a smokey 'English style' Lapsang Souchong now and again. Indeed, in 2012 BC (before Canton) it was one of two teas that sat alongside builders' tea in my kitchen cupboard. But in retrospect the big brand lapsang I bought back then had little else other than the smokeyness to recommend it. I curently have a better version (not Canton's I confess) which is based on a good quality black tea. So what about this week's tea club version? Well I have to say that for me the smokeyness is very subtle, but that is a good thing as it means it doesn't hide or spoil what is is lovely complex black tea with great , lingering sweetness. On the contrary it complements and supplements it. As said by others, it is very refreshing and satisfying. Also, I realy enjoyed Ali and Jennifer's descriptions of the production method. I don't think this week's version will replace my current lapsang - partly because I now have little room in the cupboard, which has filled up with about 24 tins of other tea varieties from Canton and there is a limit to how much tea even I can drink. However, I feel privilaged to have been able to try it through the club.

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I liked this very much


/ 5

It did not wow me as much as some of the other teas. I think this is because I have had a couple of different high grade lapsang souchong teas before so I knew what to expect. I certainly agree that standard supermarket lapsang is a one trick pony compared to this.

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/ 5

Usually I am not a fan of Lapsang, but this is a different story entirely. The smoke is light and it doesn't overpower the natural dried fruit flavours of the tea. I am definitely a convert!

Original Lapsang Souchong
Rated 5/5 based on 7 reviews

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This particular Lapsang was made by the famous Liang Junde, the inventor of Jin Jun Mei, one of China's most expensive black teas. Master Liang's family have been living in this village in the mountains of Wuyi for 250 years. He is now 67 years old and getting ready to pass the business down to his son. The tea leaves come from the surrounding valley which is a UNESCO protected site and closed to foreigners. However, we saw this tea being made in the flesh during our 2013 trip to China.

Read more about this tea and our trip on the blog.

Chinese Name Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong 特级正山小种/武夷极品红茶
English Pronunciation jung shan shee-ow jong
Country China
Year of Production 2014
Harvesting Area The small area surrounding Tong Mu village
Origin Tong Mu Guang (original birthplace of the tea), Wuyi
Plantation Altitude 900-1600m
Varietal Xiao Zhong
Roasting Level Fully oxidised, dried and smoked over pine wood
Leaf Appearance Small and very dark
Aroma A sweet, delicate smoky fragrance with a hint of fruitiness
Liquor Clear and bright with a beautiful amber hue
Tasting Notes The smokiness balances liquor the cocoa undertones and dry fruit aromas. The aftertaste is sweet and becomes more pronounced after several infusions.
Quick Brewing Instructions Use 1tsp per cup (200ml); water temperature around 100°C (212°F): and infuse 2-3 mins.