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Lapsang Souchong

Item No. 500106

Available: Peet's Store

Smooth and red in the cup, this China black tea’s scent is utterly unmistakable: heady, smoky, and alluring.

Flavor Notes

Smooth and clean with a powerful smoky scent

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About this tea

Tea Story

Many China teas have a subtle toasty note, but there’s nothing subtle about Lapsang Souchong. Legend has it that its smoky flavor was discovered by accident. During the Qing dynasty, an army unit passing through a village camped out in its tea factory, which was filled with fresh leaves awaiting processing. When the workers returned, there was not enough time to dry the tea the customary way, so they lit open fires of pine wood. Today, Lapsang Souchong is first withered over pine root fires, then pan fired, rolled and oxidized. The leaves are then placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke. The result is a powerfully smoky aroma coupled with a sweet and mild taste.

Brewing Tips

Start with a preheated cup or teapot.
Measure 1 spoonful (3g) of tea for each cup of water.
Bring the water to a rolling boil; steep tea for 5 minutes.
Strain leaves while pouring.

Customer Reviews
  • Patti 1/7/13
  • Sandpoint, ID

I blend Peet's Lapsang with their Russian Caravan for an amazing, smokey, satisfying morning brew. I use a little stevia and a little warm milk to round out my cup of tea. I use a tablespoon of Russian Caravan and a tablespoon of Lapsang in a medium sized teapot. Steep for 3 minutes. I've been drinking this blend for over 10 years and I look forward to starting every day with a steaming cup.

  • Julie Dean , drinking Peet's since 1998 9/17/12
  • Rancho Cordova, CA

This is my ALL TIME favorite tea. It always makes me feel like I'm sitting by a campfire, just enjoying nature and life. I asked some of your very competent baristas to make a Lapsang Freddo for me. After a bit of good guessing mixed with their experience, they made me the most fantastic smokey Freddo ever!! Not every Peet''s employee has been creative enough to make it for me, but most of them have. One of them even actually wrote the recipe down for me so I could use it if need be the next time I ordered it! I love Peet's coffee and tea!!

  • Arash 5/30/12
  • Tehran, Iran


  • Anon , drinking Peet's since 1984 4/14/10

I love Lapsang Souchong and find myself wanting it more than coffee some days. That is saying a lot. It is a strange sensation to drink tea with such a smoky aroma but it really works and I crave it. I've tried a few different varieties of this tea and I do like the Peets version. It seems a bit mellower than some others.

  • kathryn murdock , drinking Peet's since 1966 10/20/09
  • el granada, CA

One of the true delights in the world. Abolutely stunning with Brie and a fresh crunchy bread. Romantic and exotic. Mostly my friends don't like it. Use that yardstick to pick a mate. Thank you Peet's.

  • Judith J Kebric , drinking Peet's since 2000 6/19/08
  • Louisville, KY

If there were only one tea I could choose to have -- it would be Lapsang Souchong. The aroma of this tea as the boiling water is poured over the leaves sets a wonderful mood -- close your eyes, and you are transported into a forest. The taste is assertive but smooth --unlike any other tea. I would not want to do without it. I have tried various Lapsangs, but Peet's is my favorite.

Employee Reviews
  • Keith Offord , drinking Peet's since 2003 12/22/09
  • Petaluma Washington SQ
  • Petaluma Washington SQ

As a new trainee at Peets, I have the pleasurable responsibility to familiarize myself with all of Peets offerings. Lapsang Suchong is an old freind from my youth in England, but I am sure it never tasted this fine. It is aromatic and smooth, with low astringency. The smokey pungency lingers in the mouth long after the last drop is savoured.

2015-08-28 06:20:29

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