Our wild Lapsang Souchong tea is hand made by the historic and genuine manufacturer, sticking to the traditional method used until today. This tea is made with tea leaves harvested from the semi-wild tea bushes(菜茶) growing in Wuyi mountains, a national nature reserve. At this mountainous area, the present of primitive forest is rich in decomposed soil and it consistently supplies minerals to ensure exuberant growth of the tea plant naturally.
Note: This wild Lapsang Souchong tea has not underwent the drying process using pine fire. Consequently, no any note of smoldering can be tasted.
How to brew it?
A good cup of tea starts with good water, one of the crucial factors to brew this tea is temperature. The appropriate water temperature is suitable to effectively extract most of the substances from the tea leaves and help releasing their full aroma and taste. If not, it will taste bad and be unpleasant to look. Use fresh water which has not boiled before and bring the cold water to boil and let them down to about 90℃. Then warm the teapot and cups well by rinsing it out with boiling water. This should be done just before adding the tea leaves, so that the leaves benefit from a gentle humid heat. The trick for brewing this tea is “fast, the first brew should not be more than 5s.
Lapsang Souchong originates from the Tongmu Village, Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, China. The word “Souchong” literally means “sub variety” or “little species”. Like other Chinese famous mountains, Wuyi Mountains are well-known home and abroad for their beautiful scenery and glorious tea history. Located in the subtropical zone, influenced by typical temperate climate, these mountains rich in vegetation have various flowers and green plants luxuriating all year around due to its warm and mild climatic conditions and fertile soil. The four seasons here are clear and the annual total rainfall has more than 2,300 mm. Deep mountains (1200～1500m above sea level), sea of clouds, lush vegetation and crystal mountain spring present a marvelous picture here and make this land especially suitable for tea cultivation. The lowest temperature(-15℃) days concentrates on January. The lowest average temperature in January is 3℃ and the highest average temperature in July can reach up to 24℃ and the mean annual temperature is 17℃. The frost days are more than 100 days.
Lapsang Souchong, the first black tea in the world, has a story of more than 400 years. Once upon a time, it was Princess Catherine’s Favorite tea. It was produced as early as during the Qing Dynasty and imported to the West by Dutch in 1604. By the time of 1870s, it was treated as a luxury drink in European countries (such as England, German). It soon became the perfect partner with coffee and meaty food, later developed into an important tradition -taking afternoon tea. At last, Lapsang Souchong becomes a most well-known name and one of the world's three major health drinks, footprints of them can be found all over the world.