Presenting the original, authentic and prime quality Lapsang Souchong. Small, tightly rolled whole leaves with a black sheen. Non-smoked. 100% hand-plucked first flush. For a pure, fruity sweet and warmly aromatic cup of untainted black tea. Just like how they used to have it in the captain’s cabin in an East Indian Trading clipper two centuries ago, when they had just loaded the ship with the year’s fresh tea to race home for the eagerly awaiting tea merchants all over Europe.
Warm, biscuity, and floral aroma with tones of cereals and dried fruits. Clean, bright and lively infusion with a warm oat impression. Accents of dried plum with notes of kumquat zest. Light tinge of hop bitterness and roasted grain husks. Low astringency and silky body. Flavourful and sweet malty aftertaste.
This is a traditional Fujian black tea, as such, it is lower in astringency and caffeine. If you prefer a sharper black tea, please select one from another region, such as Sri Lanka or Nepal.
This tea has been most popular amongst black tea aficionados in our customers and has received notes of appreciation from many. Since 2016, we have worked with our producer to further advance and individualise the taste quality of this tea. You will find an even cleaner, fuller, and more vibrant taste profile than before. Customers who prefer a stouter and deeper taste experience may try Gold Stallion.
Since the quality upgrade in 2016, Lapsang Souchong Pristine has a richer nose. To heighten this characteristic, infuse in the old way, more leaves and a shorter duration. Try 4g to 100ml water for 20 sec to begin with.
Alternatively, for a fuller body and deeper taste, use less leaves and infuse for a longer time. Try 1g to 100 ml water for 7 min to begin with.
In any case infuse at 95°C.
*Tongmuguan (Gate of Princess Trees) is the origin of Lapsang Souchong. It is a small locality in Xingcun (Star Village) in the county of Wuyi in Fujian. The term Lapsang Souchong is an old form of romanization of the name of the tea basing on two local dialects. We have used it because it communicates with some veteran tea connoisseurs. The same characters in pinyin romanization basing on the present official Mandarin Chinese transliterate as Neishan Xiaozhong. The more popular name used in China is Zhengshan Xiaozhong, which means the Small Leaf Variety from the Authentic Original Mountian.
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