We'd like to welcome the newest tea to our menu, a smoked black tea called Lapsang Souchong (more traditionally known as Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong). Lapsang Souchong is produced in Zhejiang, China in a village called Tong Mu. There are many legends that speculate on the origin of smoking tea, and the common thread through all of them is an accidental discovery (examples include: bandits burning down a tea shed, accidentally leaving tea stock in campfire smoke on trade routes from the China to Europe). We are inclined to believe that the discovery was accidental indeed. These days Lapsang Souchong is processed in a 3-4 story smoking shed called a qinglou. At the bottom of a qinglou is a wood oven where horsetail pine is burned, producing smoke throughout the levels of the shed. The leaves are withered on the top levels, oxidized on the middle levels, and dried in the bottom levels. We really like drinking this on its own--it’s cozy and warming. In our cafés you can get this tea in a s'mores inspired latte.
Name: Lapsang Souchong
Origin: Zhejiang, China
Processing: Smoked Black Tea - Altered
Brewing Instructions are included on the tin.