Lapsang Souchong Tea

The smokiness of Lapsang Souchong tea goes beautifully with certain tea sandwiches and cakes. It's a very distinct flavour - definitely an acquired taste.

When my brother and I were young, we used to call it crapsang poopong.... But as I grew older, I learned to love it.

Lapsang Souchong is originally from China from a small region called Wuyi. It gets the smoky taste quite literally from being smoked over a fire of pine wood.

When it is poured, you can really smell the smokiness.

I've tried Lapsang with both milk and without. I personally really prefer it without - so long as the tea is not over brewed. I would urge you to try Lapsang without milk. It's such a delicate flavour, and it's very refreshing to drink just on its own.

Of course, whether you sweeten it or not is a personal preference....

Lapsang is a lovely tea to drink with ham sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches. All these taste wonderful with the smoky flavour.

As for other afternoon tea treats, I love this tea with hot buttered pikelets when the flavour really cuts through the butter.

Lapsang is great with light fruit cakes, such as apple cake. Or you can make a tea loaf and use Lapsang as the tea (usually I use Earl Grey).

I do also enjoy Twinings Lapsang Souchong.

To Brew

Use a teaspoon per cup and make with water freshly boiled from the kettle. I leave my tea for just three minutes because I prefer a lighter flavour without milk.

I used to drink Lapsang tea with milk in it, and in this case, I think it needs to be brewed for longer - five minutes is perfect.

For general details on brewing the perfect cup of black tea, see my How to Brew Tea page.

If you loved Lapsang Souchong Tea, you might Enjoy Earl Grey Loose Tea.