Are you one of those people who love tea to the bone so much that when you go as much as a day without it you experience headaches and dizziness? If so, let me begin by saying that you are not alone, and there is a variety of tea that you must taste. It will blow up your taste buds, figuratively of course, and give you a new sense of energy with its delicious unique taste that will give you a much-deserved kick and leave you wanting more. Enter the world of Lapsang Souchong, which is a black variety of tea originally from the Chinese province of Fujian. It is also referred to as smoked tea because its leaves are smoked over pinewood fires, giving it a smoky taste that you can not detect in any other tea.
Lapsang Souchong leaves are black. Black tea leaves contain caffeine. What makes it stand out is the fact that the caffeine levels largely depend on the steeping time and the water temperature. If you want a highly caffeinated cup of Lapsang Souchong tea, you will have to dip the leaves in very hot water and let them steep for a long time into the water so that the contents of the leaves can fully mix with the water. Alternatively, if you do not like caffeine but fancy a healthy cup of this same tea, your water should not be too hot and you should not leave the leaves in for too long. Lapsang Sauchong tea therefore works for both types of people at various levels.
Apart from being consumable to all, Lapsang Souchong tea also has health benefits that are unique to it alone. If you are an alcohol drinker and are trying your best to break this dangerous habit, this is the tea for you. It will help you overcome alcohol when taken at regular intervals daily. It also plays a huge role in the prevention of diseases related to the heart such as heart attacks. If you want a strong immune system, consider Lapsang Souchong tea. It will protect your body from the flu, colds and other illnesses, guaranteeing you good health regardless of the weather conditions you are experiencing. This tea lowers your chances of getting cancer, can be taken naturally without addition of artificial sweeteners and therefore reducing your cholesterol levels and for the cherry on the cake, it is the ideal drink to include in your diet if you are planning to shed off some excess weight since it assists in the process of burning fat. Lapsang Souchong tea is ideal for people suffering from stress and high blood pressure as it lowers blood pressure levels and reduces stress by being a sedative.
The method of brewing this tea is pretty much same as that of any other black tea, though experimentation is recommended in order for you to arrive at your desired choice. The ingredients are basic. You will require water, Lapsang Souchong tea leaves, and a gaiwan, which is a type of bowl with a lid originating from China that is used in the mixture of tea leaves with hot water and also in the consumption of tea.
If you are a beginner taster, start with a small portion of the leaves. Put them into the gaiwan and boil your water. As stated earlier, this step will greatly affect the outcome of your Lapsang Souchong tea. Heat the water to your preferred level of hotness and pour the water into the gaiwan for it to mix with the Lapsang Souchong leaves, again to your desired period of time. While they combine, the tempting smoky aroma which is a combination of mouth- watering flavours- vanilla, orange and cloves being just a few, will fill the air. Once a red- brown liquid is achieved from the mixing, you can drink it. It is possible to add more water to those same leaves, but the flavor and aroma won’t be as enjoyable.
Lapsang Souchong tea is better drank naturally, with no additives such as milk, sugar or honey, for its rich taste to be at its fullest. Besides, a combination of milk and the black tea will leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth due to the smoky taste that will be felt. Have a cup, or gaiwan, of Lapsang Souchong tea and experience the magic first hand.