King in the North - Dark Lapsang Souchong (Smoked Black Tea)

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The King in the North - Dark Lapsang Souchong
Pine-Smoked Black Tea — Yunnan, China

What would the northern kings of old drink beside their warm fireplaces in the dead of winter? Probably something like this tea; dark, smoky, biting, rough & tumble, just like them. It takes milk well!

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use boiling (100°C/212°F) water
  • Steep for 2:30, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Don't forget to try for multiple infusions! Just add time to each steep.
      • For under 2:00 steep times, add 30 sec.
      • For 2:00 to 4:00, add 1 minute.
      • For over 4:00, add 2 minutes or more.
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra minute!
    • Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
    • Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 11g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!


Organic smoked Chinese Yunnan black tea


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1 Review

  • 4
    It's Smokey

    Posted by Jeff L on 7th Dec 2019

    So this was my first foray into a smoked tea. It's definitely smokey. I like scotch but this was a bit much for me. If you like smoked teas then this is the one for you. My plan is to add a bit to another black tea to cut it down a bit. Apparently I have delicate taste buds. ;)