China, Fujian Province
China Black Tea. Fujian Lapsang Souchong. SBOPF (Special Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings). A superior leaf Lapsang Souchong offering a crisp character with the remarkable and heady aroma of an oak fire. Certainly a unique tea. Tending bright with reddish hues. This special smoked tea has a distinctive flavor sometimes referred to as tarry, and is a special tea from Fujian province. The Fukienese word ‘souchong’ means sub variety - that is a sub variety of other black teas from the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian. During production the leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After further production the leaves are fired again and rolled into taut strips. Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavour. It is generally consumed with sugar or milk. Depending upon one’s palate the taste can be light and intriguing or it can be heavy and overpowering. Lapsang Souchong is best described as an acquired taste.
Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-7 minutes.