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Lapsang Souchong (China)

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The lower leaves of the tea plant are tougher and have less complexity in their taste, so the Fuji province in China sets these leaves aside and smokes them over a fire made from pine wood.  The leaves are set on a screen and the smoke passes through the leaves. 

Lapsang Souchong (Lap-Sang Soo-Shong) has a high reputation outside of China, and high demand makes it increasingly expensive.  However, within China, it is rarely drank and is viewed as a "Westerner's Tea"   This is a tea that people either have no interest in drinking, or exceedingly enjoy.  American author James Michener summed it up by saying, "it is a man's tea, deep and subtle...rugged...better even than whiskey."

This tea blew me away the first time I drank it straight, and I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I still enjoy a mug of this straight up, but one of my favorite ways to serve it now is as a tea latte.  Brew it double strength and add an equal amount of sugar as tea.  Mix the brew 50/50 with warm milk (170 degrees).  Add a drop of vanilla extract.   This is also a great tea to use in cooking...use it as a meat rub or incorporate it into a sauce.  Its flavors are unlike anything else on your spice rack. 

Certified Organic

Tasting Notes: Smoke, Clove, Pine, Medium Body

Steep: 1 tsp of tea for 8oz water. Water temperature: 205.  Steep time 3 minutes.  Sweetener: Optional

Approximately 18 tsp in a 1 ounce package. 

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Lapsang Souchong (China)

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