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Simpli-Special Lapsang Souchong Luxury Loose Leaf Tea 100g

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 236 g
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  • Manufacturer reference: 5060210560133
  • ASIN: B002F8D5KW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Jun 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,397 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Product Description

This special smoked tea has a distinctive flavour sometimes referred to as tarry, and is a special tea from Fujian province. The Fukienese word ‘souchong’ means sub variety - that is a sub variety of other black teas from the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian. When Lapsang Souchong was first exported to western European countries and became famous on the international markets, it was no doubt due to the distinct aroma and flavour.

Legend claims that the smoking process was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through Xingcun (Star Village) camped in a tea factory filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the soldiers left and the workers could get back into the premises, they realized that to arrive at market in time, it was too late to dry the leaves in the usual way. So they lit open fires of pinewood to hasten the drying. Not only did the tea reach the market in time, but also the smoked pine flavour created a sensation!

The method of production is as follows: The leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After pan-frying and rolling, they are presses into wooden barrels and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are fired again and rolled into taut strips. Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavour. When finished they are thick, glossy black strips, and produce a dark red beverage with a unique aroma and taste. It is generally consumed with sugar or milk. Depending upon one’s palate the taste can be light and intriguing or it can be heavy and overpowering.

Lapsang Souchong is best described as an acquired taste.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lapsang Souchong :how to make it. 7 Oct 2010
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Lapsang Souchong is realy an acquired taste. One of the best ways to prepare a good Lapsang Souchong is to pore on about a 3rd of the water you would use, slightly below boiling and swirl it round the pot quickly pore away ALL the fluid. Then having re boiled your kettle brew as normal. This makes for a surprisingly mellow and warm tea. Rather than the "force your self to drink" full on Lapsang Souchong experience. It was Chinese people who showed me this method. At the end of the day, the point is to enjoy your tea.
It is also handy if you like your "Russian Caravan" to be well on the Smokey side a SMAL pinch of Lapsang Souchong added to the pot realy works for me. Enjoy your tea.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smell Is Amazing !! 28 Nov 2010
By Bev
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This tea smells amazing....It was well packaged and the Company seem professional. I would rate the transaction highly. Oh and the tea tastes lovely !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fiery taste 21 Jan 2013
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I brought this item as I have had it before and loved the taste so much I needed more. Anyone who likes green tea should buy this item as it never fails to impress.
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