Tarry Lapsang Souchong

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This special black tea, which comes from the mountainous regions of Fujian province, is traditionally prepared and roasted over an open fire of coniferous wood. This creates a unique and unforgettable taste experience that is both deep and intense, with a pleasant smokiness that you won't soon forget.

Tarry Lapsang Souchong is a tea for adventurous taste buds and tea lovers looking for something special. Over the centuries this tea has conquered the hearts of many and it has acquired a special place in the world of tea.

Whether you're a seasoned tea connoisseur or a newcomer to tea, Tarry Lapsang Souchong is a tea you don't want to miss.

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What does Tarry Lapsang Souchong taste like?​

Tarry Lapsang Souchong is an intriguing black tea characterized by its smoky notes and complex flavor profile. When you take a sip of this special tea, you are immediately treated to a symphony of flavors unfolding on your taste buds.

The first note you'll notice is the signature smokiness that comes from the unique manufacturing process. The tea leaves are carefully smoked over an open coniferous fire, infusing them with an intense smoky aroma. This results in a taste reminiscent of a crackling campfire or the smell of a wood-burning oven.

In addition to the smoky notes, flavors of tobacco and whiskey also emerge in Tarry Lapsang Souchong. These flavors add depth and complexity to the tea and provide a full, rich experience. The tobacco-like notes come from the oxidized tea leaves, while the whiskey flavor comes from the interplay of smoke and the tea's natural sweetness.

Beneath the smoky and robust flavors lies a subtle sweetness that provides a perfect balance. This sweetness comes from the tea leaves themselves and keeps the tea from becoming overpowering or too bitter. Instead, a harmony is created between the powerful smoke notes and the delicate sweetness, resulting in a surprisingly accessible and pleasant taste experience.

The combination of smoky notes, tobacco and whiskey flavours, and the underlying sweetness make Tarry Lapsang Souchong a unique and fascinating tea that will keep you captivated time and time again. Each sip reveals new nuances and depths, enticing you to keep discovering and appreciating this special tea.

How strong is Tarry Lapsang Souchong?​

The strength of Tarry Lapsang Souchong can vary depending on how you prepare the tea. To achieve the perfect balance of flavours, we recommend brewing the tea with water that has just come off the boil and letting it steep for about 3 to 5 minutes.

If you prefer a stronger taste, you can let the tea steep a little longer. However, keep in mind that a longer brewing time can lead to a bitter taste. Experiment with steeping time to find your ideal cup of Tarry Lapsang Souchong.

Tarry Lapsang Souchong

The name 'Tarry Lapsang Souchong' is as intriguing as the tea itself. 'Lapsang Souchong' comes from Chinese and consists of two parts. 'Lapsang' means 'smoky mountain' and refers to the smoky character of the tea. 'Souchong' means 'small variety' and refers to the used tea leaves that grow further from the tea bush top and have a somewhat coarser appearance. The word 'Tarry' refers to the tea's tarry, smoky aroma that develops during its unique production process.

This version of Lapsang Souchong is the heaviest smoky version in our range.

Tarry Lapsang Souchong is produced in Fujian province, located in southeastern China. This region is known for its mountainous landscape and is home to some of the most prized teas in the world. The tea estates in this region benefit from the rich soil character, ideal altitude and favorable climate, resulting in exceptional tea leaves that form the basis of Tarry Lapsang Souchong.

The history of Tarry Lapsang Souchong goes back to the 17th century. According to tradition, this tea originated during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) when a tea farmer had to hide his tea leaves from looters. He hid the leaves in a wooden shed where they were exposed to smoke and ashes. When the farmer later recovered the leaves, he discovered that they had absorbed a distinctive smoky aroma. Instead of throwing the tea away, he decided to sell the smoked leaves, and Tarry Lapsang Souchong was born.

Over the centuries, Tarry Lapsang Souchong has continued to perfect and has built up a loyal following of enthusiasts. The artisanal production process, in which the tea leaves are smoked over an open coniferous fire, is an important part of the tea's identity and contributes to its unique taste and characteristic aroma.

Today, Tarry Lapsang Souchong is appreciated worldwide and is a favored choice for tea lovers seeking an adventurous taste experience. With its rich history, unique manufacturing process and distinctive flavor profile, Tarry Lapsang Souchong has more than earned its place in the world of tea.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tarry Lapsang Souchong

Do you have a question about using Tarry Lapsang Souchong? Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions for you.

To brew Tarry Lapsang Souchong, use about a teaspoon of loose leaf tea per cup. Pour water that has just come off the boil over it and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Experiment with the steeping time to find your ideal flavor intensity. Then strain the tea leaves from the water and enjoy your delicious cup of smoky tea.

Tarry Lapsang Souchong is originally from the Fujian province of China, a region with a rich tea culture and history. The tea is grown in the mountainous regions, where conditions are ideal for producing high-quality tea leaves.

Tarry Lapsang Souchong is a black tea and therefore contains antioxidants that can contribute to good health. Like other black teas, it also contains caffeine, but to a lesser extent than coffee. Drinking black tea can contribute to proper hydration and may help improve concentration and alertness.

If you store Tarry Lapsang Souchong properly, in an airtight container and in a cool, dry and dark place, the tea will keep for up to two years. This way the tea retains its taste and aroma best.

Yes, Tarry Lapsang Souchong can be combined with other flavors and ingredients to create unique and flavorful blends. For example, try mixing Tarry Lapsang Souchong with bergamot oil to make a smoky version of Earl Grey. Or add spices like cinnamon, star anise and cardamom for a warming, spicy tea that's perfect for the cold months.

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Category Black Tea Brand Het Kleinste Huis In stock 1 Items SKU 468-50
Gluten Gluten free
Lactose Lactose-free
Nuts Nut-free
Country of origin China, provence Fujian
Ingredients Black tea
Amount of tea per cup 1 - 2 tea spoons
Indication brewing time 3 - 5 minutes
Temperature water 90 ºC - 100 ºC (194 °F - 212 °F)
Organically grown? No
Palette Smokey, spicy
Color infusion Red
Caffeine? Yes
Time of day Throughout the day
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