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Lapsang Souchong Bohea Tea


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What is Lapsang Souchong Bohea Tea


The Lapsang Souchong Tea is a black tea which originated from Tongmu village of Wuyi areas in Fujian province, China. It is also known as a smoked tea, because Lapsang Souchong has a very distinct from other types of tea; its curly tea leaves are smoked and dried traditionally over pinewood fires, therefore getting a distinctive smoky flavor. Since the area of its origin is super small, the smoky lapsang is increasingly becoming more expensive as the demand continuously increases.

What is Bohea tea

The Lapsang souchong black tea is a part of Bohea tea family but not an oolong, like the most of the Bohea teas. Bohea is the local Wuyi dialect pronunciation; Hence, for Bohea tea, it can be referred to Bohea black tea or Bohea Oolong tea. Lapsang Souchong Bohea black tea is the full correct spelling name for this black tea.

Lapsang Souchong Tea VS Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea

                            Lapsang Souchong Black Tea                                                          Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea

Why It is Called Lapsang Souchong Bohea Tea in Western Countries


This tea is referred to as Lapsang Souchong Bohea tea in Western countries because Bohea was the first black tea invented in the world(BC1568 of Ming Dynasty), and was mainly the export tea in the late Qing Dynasty(BC1616-BC1912) in China; During that period, all Chinese people did not drink black tea too much and was only crazy for green tea, oolong tea. However, the Western countries had a great demand on Chinese tea; Hence, the Qing Government encouraged the export quantity of Bohea black tea, then the Western countries consumers did not have to compete with Chinese local domestic consumption of green tea & oolong tea


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                                                                                   Lapsang Souchong Bohea Tea History


Due to this Bohea black tea’s appearance is dark color, the Western people defined its name by its color as black tea, but as a matter of fact, its literal meaning in Chinese should be red tea. Lapsang refers to the Zhengshan(meaning in the area of Tongmu village); Souchong refers to the local tea cultivar(small tea leaves cultivar); so that is why it is called Lapsang Souchong Bohea Black Tea.


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                         Lapsang Souchong Bohea Tea Plant                                           Lapsang Souchong Bohea Tea Dry Leaves


How It was Invented


Where was Lapsang Souchong Tea Invented?

In Chinese historical book, it was recorded the Lapsang Souchong Bohea tea was invented in around BC1568(mid period of Ming Dynasty) accidentally. An Army passed by and quartered at Tongmu village; Local tea farmers had never encountered such scenes of unrest and escaped to hide in the wild mountains. Unfortunately, the morning picked tea leaves did not have time to produce and oxidized next morning.

To lower down the loss to the minimum, the local farmers used the dry pinewood to bake & dry the tea leaves; Then when it was sold on the open market, this smoky tea was received greatly welcome by the local tea consumers for its liquid enjoyed very light smoky aroma mixed with sweet longan taste. That is the first Black tea available in the world and local tea consumers named it Lapsang Souchong Bohea black tea.

Then the black tea making techniques was spread to Keemun and Yunnan; that is how the Keemun black tea & Yunnan black tea became famous around the world later. However, because of the First Opium War(Britain’s Invasion of China, BC1840-1842), the Qing Dynasty did not allow the export any Bohea black tea to Western countries; Then it caused the Western tea traders anger and stole Bohea black tea seeds, hired skillful tea farmers & makers from Bohea and cultivated the Bohea tea seeds in Inida and taught them how to produce and cultivate teas. That is how Indian black tea comes into being.

Lapsang Souchong Tea Picking

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The Lapsang souchong tea enjoys very high reputation outside China. The Bohea. it's usually viewed as westerner’s tea inside China. The common drinkers of this tea were Gary Sinder and Winston, who usually referred it to as "Mountain and Rivers Without End".

Lapsang Souchong traditional Making Process

Due to Lapsang Souchong is a smoky black tea, its black tea making process is still quite unique and different if compared with Keemun & Yunnan black tea. High &  rare quality Lapsang Souchong Bohea tea can be only achieved by talented & skillful tea farmers.     

The traditional 7 step process is discussed below in order to give you a better idea as to what is involved before the tea ends up on the store shelves.


1. Pick up fresh leaves

Large and more matured tea leaves are preferred and the Lapsang Souchong is usually harvested in late May.

Lapsang Souchong Tea Making Process

                                                                     Pick up fresh leaves



Withering takes around 10 hours and is done in a specialized withering room whereby the Lapsang Souchong tea is set to wither in burning pine firewood on top of a bamboo mat. During the process, the tea leaves get soft and absorb the natural pine smoke.

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                                                                      Lapsang Souchong Tea Withering


3. Rolling

Once the Lapsang Souchong tea leaves get soft after withering, then comes the next step - rolling. Rolling takes about 15-25 minutes or more and the large tea leaves are twisted and rolled to maintain quality and freshness of the tea leaves.


Lapsang Souchong Tea Rolling

                                                             Lapsang Souchong Tea Rolling


Also known as 'hot fermentation', the Lapsang Souchong tea leaves are tightly pressed in a bamboo basket covered with cloth to let them ferment and change their color. It takes about 5 hours to complete the process. In this process, the tea polyphenols have changed to be theaflavin, thearubigins, theabrownine, which plays an extremely important role on black tea color.

Lapsang Souchong Tea Fermentation

                                                        Lapsang Souchong Tea Fermentation

5. First Baking

Once the fermentation process is completed, the Lapsang tea leaves are then again spread out on a bamboo plaque and this ensures pine flavor is absorbed deeply to 80% dryness.


Lapsang Souchong Tea First Baking

                                                                  Lapsang Souchong Tea First Baking


6. Final Baking

The Lapsang Souchong tea leaves that are not good enough are eliminated at this stage. Later, hot air is passed over the good tea leaves to ensure more smoky flavor. For even baking, the leaves are turned around every half hour and the process usually takes a few hours.


Lapsang Souchong Tea Final Baking

                                                       Lapsang Souchong Tea Final Baking

7.Finished Bohea Black Tea

Finished Bohea Black Tea

Bohea black tea and Lapsang Souchong tea are terms that have been used interchangeably. The final outcome after second baking is finished Bohea which has deeply pine smoky flavor imbibed steeply in the tea leaves. Then tea farmers need to pick out the old Bohea tea leaves & stem to be the finished high quality Lapsang Souchong Bohea tea.

Producing smoked tea is not a science but an art which needs perfection at every step.


                                     Finished Bohea Black Tea

How to brew Lapsang Souchong in a Chinese and Western Way


Chinese Gongfu Way to Brew

Bohea tea, because of its rich smoky flavor, needs a unique procedure to brew.

Please note that no additional ingredients like sugar and milk are used in Chinese traditional Gongfu way. Chinese Gongfu way spotlight is short brewing time, which causes almost no bitterness or astringency in tea liquid. 




                How to Brew Lapsang Souchong Tea in Chinese Gongfu Way

Step 1:Choose a 120cc Gaiwan.

Step 2: Put around 5-6g of smoky lapsang in the Gaiwan

Step 3: Pour boiling water to Gaiwan, and steep for 10 sec for first infusion

Step 4: Pour the tea liquid in a pitcher, then pitcher in tea cup. Sip it and feel the rich, light smoky longan sweet taste.

Note: The tea leaves can be re-brewed several times but will require more steeping time.


Western Way to Brew

Western style brewing tea uses larger porcelain/glass pot than the traditional Chinese Gongfu way of brewing.

First: The tea is steeped for longer durations and is good for use to a maximum of two steepings, post which it is discarded.

Second: To be in line with western tastes, tea lovers usually add sugar and milk to enhance flavor and bitterness of black lapsang tea.


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Thrid: Other steps remain the same as discussed in the Chinese style brewing except adding other ingredients and steeping for an increased time. Also, the quantity of tea leaves used is comparatively less.

Experiment both the brewing styles and savor the rich smoky flavored black tea! Go sip it in style!


It is a one of a kind sort of tea because of the way that its leaves are customarily smoke-dried over pinewood fires, going up against an uncommon smoky flavor. This procedure likewise brings about differing power in the smoky lapsang taste.

Health benefits of Lapsang Souchong Tea


Lapsang Souchong Tea Health Effects

                                                                      Lapsang Souchong Tea Health Effects   

1.Reduces Free Radical Damage


This tea is a rich source of cancer prevention agents, mixes which help keep the harming impacts of oxidation on cells all through your body, and are discovered plentiful in much plant-based food.


The absolute most vital advantage of cancer prevention agents is without balancing radical harm. Free radicals are found inside every human body and are very damaging to things, for example, – cells and tissues.


2.Bone Health


The tea is high in magnesium which is a basic mineral that has an imperative part of our digestion. Likewise, your cells utilize magnesium to transport potassium and calcium particles over the cell dividers. All the more significantly, magnesium is required for the union of RNA, DNA, and the cell reinforcement glutathione, and furthermore adds to the basic improvement of bones.


The other essential medical advantages of magnesium incorporate change of parathyroid capacity and alleviation from bronchospasm (choked aviation routes) in the lungs.


An insufficiency in this mineral is normally analyzed by side effects alone, and the accompanying indications can point this – terrible here and now a memory, absence of hunger, sensitivities, hypersensitivities, coldness in furthest points, large amounts of pressure, affect the ability to the commotion, or sleep deprivation.


3.Lowers down LDL Cholesterol Levels


Low-thickness lipoprotein (LDL) or "awful" cholesterol develops in the dividers of your corridors, influencing them too tight and hard. After some time, this "solidifying of the conduits" prompts a slower course of the bloodstream to the heart.


High LDL cholesterol can likewise make a bile awkwardness, prompting gallstones (which result in torment in the upper right mid-region). For example, over 80% of gallstones are cholesterol stones, as indicated by the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse.


4.Reduces Stress Levels Drinking Tea


A huge number of individuals stuck in an unfortunate situation resting because of different reasons, particularly abnormal state of pressure. This tea is a decent source of L-Theanine which diminishes feelings of anxiety.


L-Theanine, a superfluous amino corrosive, is a compound found in teas from Camellia sinensis (nearby green tea's caffeine and catechins) and is known to advance mental unwinding without reactions. Moreover, L-Theanine has been found to build the levels of dopamine in the human body, a compound that is normally present in the human mind and is discharged when an individual is eating, unwinding, or is associated with the sexual movement.


Theanine joined with caffeine delivers an unmistakable intellectual lift with no unfavorable impacts.


5.Stimulates Your Brain Power Amazing Healthy Tea


Quercetin, a flavonoid found in vegetables, vegetables, organic products, and seeds, has remarkable natural properties which may lessen disease hazard and enhance physical and mental execution. Strangely, in exploratory investigations, numerous restorative plants owe a lot of their intense properties to their high quercetin content.


All the more imperatively, day by day utilization of food high in quercetin enhances your perseverance regardless of whether you don't hone physical exercise, as indicated by an examination by the University of South Carolina that was issued in the "Global Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism."


How to Store Lapsang souchong


You can store this tea in an airtight container in a low-temperature condition to safeguard lifespan.

Lapsang Souchong Storage

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The storage conditions for Bohea tea are not hypercritical. To forestall deterioration, you would be advised to store them in a sealed shut, dull, dry place free of unusual scents Like wine, they show signs of improvement with age.

Lapsang souchong is a matured tea, as the storage time expands, the kind of this tea changes. Two-year-old Lapsang souchong has lovely dry natural product smell. If kept in an impermeable compartment for quite a while, enabling them to age, the maturing flavor will turn out to be more obvious.

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