Lapsang Souchong, Organic

Smoky & Deep  

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This unique organic black tea is dried over pinewood, giving it a heavily smoky aroma and a deep, rich liquor. The tea leaves are first withered over pine root fires, then panfried, rolled and oxidized. The leaves are finally placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pinewood fires to dry and absorb the smoke. This results in a powerfully smoky aroma coupled with a smooth taste.

Legend has it that the process for this smoked black tea came about during tribal times when a village burned all their possessions and inadvertently smoked the tea. Another story states that during the Qing Dynasty, an army unit passing through a village occupied a tea factory filled with fresh leaf awaiting manufacture. When workers could get back into the factory, they realized that for their tea to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves the usual way and open fires of pinewood were lit to hasten the drying. When the tea reached the market, the smoke flavor created a sensation and a new product was born.


  • Organic Lapsang Souchong, Smoked Black Tea
  • Origin: China, Fujian province
  • Sample ~ 5 servings
  • Bulk 1/4 LB ~ 50 servings
  • Bulk 1 LB ~ 220 servings
  • Caffeine: High

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Steeping Guide
1 tsp
3-5 min
Per 8 oz. water

Black Tea

  • Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral
  • Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Aging
  • Calorie-free, Fat-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Black Tea is known to banish fatigue, stimulate mental powers, and raise energy levels. It has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels and acts as a nerve sedative, frequently relieving headaches. Black tea contains a number of vitamins considered essential for maintaining health, including Carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, has antioxidant and protective properties, Vitamin B1 and Panothenic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.

    Black Tea also contains antioxidants which may help to protect your body from the ravages of aging and environmental effects. Because they are allowed to ferment completely before drying, most black teas are especially rich in those polyphenols which have been shown to be effective against dementia in aging as well as AIDS related dementia. These compounds penetrate the blood brain barrier and have also been found to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

    Black tea is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can be topically applied to cuts, bruises and burns, and is famous for its sunburn relief and has been shown to have a positive effect on preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

    * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    Marbleized Eggs
    Marbleized eggs are a common decoration at Chinese banquets. They really do look like marble but they’re as edible as hard–boiled eggs. Tea is the secret!
    INGREDIENTS: 6 eggs, Water to cover (about 3 cups) 4 teaspoons of LAPSANG SHOUCHONG (or any tea black tea leaves), 1 tablespoon canning or sea salt.
    PREPARATION: Bring eggs to boil and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from water. When eggs are cool, tap with a spoon all over to crack but not remove the shell. Add eggs back into the water and add tea. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for another 45 minutes in the tea. Remove shells. The eggs will have veins of color just lke marble.

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    All I really need in life is cheese, smoked meat/salami, and a pot of Lapsang Souchong. It's rich, bold, smoky, masculine. I often take it camping with me to brew a cup first thing in the morning upon waking up. Amazing! If you like smoky flavors - this is sure to please. —Mila
    This tea's smoky aroma takes me back to Asia! Pots of tea and stew simmer over open flame, the sound of livestock under the floorboards, the amazing snow capped Himalayan mountains outside the window. This tea makes you feel strong enough to conquer those peaks, or stay in and feel bundled up and cozy.—Globetrekker
    I bought this tea upon recommendation of an article for recreating restaurant-style Thai tea at home, without the artificial colors in commercial Thai products. I use 1/2t of this with 1t of Assam, a star anise, 4 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, and a bit of vanilla bean in a steeper, then sweeten with Xylitol and add a touch of coconut milk to finish. It is AMAZING. This tea's hearty flavor and substance draw me to it in lieu of my usual morning coffee. Perhaps too strong to drink alone, but a great note to add in a composite tea drink. LOVE IT!—MIchelle in CA
    Now that's the stuff. Smoky and smelly and strong, just how I like it. Not burnt, which is hard to come by in Lapsang. Very, very happy.—J.
    I grew up drinking Lapsang Souschong, or so I thought. The mild, watered down version I drank is nothing like the the real deal. The real Lapsang sold here is so smoky it was like drinking a camp fire. I couldn't even blend it to make it palatable. —Tawn
    Wish I had tried a sample of the lapsang souchong before ordering a 1/4 lb. I realy like smokey robust teas, but this tea taste like a old leathery shoe. I could have got a bad batch, but won't try it again{ so many other blends to try}. Will stick to russian caravan.—dano
    I love this smoky black tea. A little goes a long way!—Tracy
    I resisted tasting this tea for a long time, because I was sure that I wouldn't like it. I generally prefer light smooth teas without any hint of bitterness. With the smokiness of the pine wood, however, somehow takes a tea which I would normally dislike - a strong, bitter black - and turns it into something I am addicted to. In the world of tea, never say never without tasting something!—Jen
    This tea is amazing! The smoky flavor is complex and interesting, and it is a great substitute for coffee when you need a caffeine boost in the morning. Thank you, Tea Spot!!—Laura Brumbaugh
    My first smoked tea. Absolutely fantastic! When you're steeping it, don't let the fact that it smells like burning tires put you off. Boy, I bet that hooked you in! It has a smoky taste, but it has a sweet after taste and the combination is wonderful. I read that Winston Churchhill use to put scotch in this tea. That intrigued me. I'll be getting this again, can't wait to try it iced.—Cay
    This one is really unique. It reminds me of smoked bacon. I shared some with my husband, and it's the first (and only) tea he's asked me to make when his buddies come over. I'm thinking it's the perfect tea for men who love an occasional pull of whiskey, cigars, and campfires. You know the type... the guys who grow out their beards at some point each winter. It's a little burly for me, but I'll definitely buy it again if it gets my husband drinking tea!—Lisa G.