This distinctive tea’s name and flavour are both shrouded in smoky mystery. In Qing Dynasty China, an army made camp in a tea factory, throwing out the tea workers in mid-process. When at last the workers returned to the factory, they realised that there would not be enough time to get the teas to market if dried in the normal way. Improvising, they dried the tea quickly on an open fire, not only saving time, but imparting a pine-smoke flavour which proved extremely popular.
The name, in Mandarin Chinese, was Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, where Zheng Shan was the place of origin and Xiao Zhong referred to the large, high-grade black tea leaves. It is believed that Zheng Shan somehow mutated into ‘Lapsang’, in the interaction between British traders of The East India Company and their Chinese counterparts.
Where it’s from
What it tastes like
Strong smoky flavour with wood and earthy notes
When to enjoy it
Throughout the day
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How to Brew It: The Imperial Qing Lapsang Souchong Loose Tea
2 GRAMS OF TEA LEAVES / 2 TEASPOONS
210ML OF WATER AT 100ºC
3-4 MINS BREWING TIME
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