A Chinese black tea that is smoked over a pinewood fire for a characteristically smoky aroma and flavor.
Lapsang souchong translates literally: “sub-variety from Lapu Mountain”; is a black tea (Camellia sinensis) originally from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian. It is sometimes referred to as smoked tea. Lapsang is distinct from all other types of tea because lapsang leaves are traditionally smoke-dried over fire, taking on a distinctive smoke taste.
Lapsang souchong is a member of the Bohea family of teas though not an oolong, as are most Bohea teas (“Bohea” is the pronunciation in Minnan dialect for Wuyi Mountains, which is the mountain area producing a large family of tea in South-East China).
Lapsang souchong from the original source is increasingly expensive, as Wuyi is a small area and there is increasing demand for this variety of tea.