Lapsang Souchong is one of China's northern Fujian province's most distinguished teas, combining the natural flavours of black tea with the flavour and aroma of pine smoke.

Caffeine Caffeinated
Cup Strength Medium-Strong
Origin China
Tea Format Tea Bags
Type Black

An enveloping smokiness  Review by  ['Ron on Gabe']

What a treat finding lapsang souchong again after several decades without it. Takes me back (far back) to my student days when it was a staple of my diet. Rich, smoky taste satisfies. Thanks, Murchie's!

Posted on 2023-11-29

Campfire goodness  Review by  Mike

I tried this on a whim after hearing about it on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast. I was hesitant at first but, I loved it at first sip. It is nice and balanced and not overpowering. It smells like a campfire which invokes memories of summer camping. It is simply delicious!

Posted on 2020-03-24

Amazing   Review by  JP

Bold, rich, and smoky; a connoisseur’s tea. Unparalleled.

Posted on 2018-07-17

My all time favorite  Review by  Michael

When I first found this blend, I fell in love and have not turned back.

Posted on 2017-01-15

My new go-to  Review by  Robyn

I spied this tea on a shelf in the bakery where I usually buy my Murchie's teas, and the smokiness intrigued me enough to try it. The aroma is hilariously strong, family members think I've turned the barbecue on or lit incense. Despite the aroma the tea is actually balanced and mild, it's very smoky but not to the point of being bitter or unpleasant. I drink at least a cup a night of this, it's become a cherished routine.

Posted on 2015-03-14

Should have tried this tea sooner  Review by  Krista - Murchie's Team Member

Wow what a pleasant surprise. I finally got courageous and tried this tea....and when I did...really enjoyed it. I was hesitant due to the strong smoky aroma of the Lapsang Souchong tea but don't let that scare you. This unique Chinese Black Tea is rich and full bodied and when paired with dark chocolate....awesome.

Posted on 2012-08-24

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Flavour Profile Guide

Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.

Tea Strength Ratings

This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.

Light/Delicate Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour
Medium Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup
Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness
Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well
Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee               Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness

Coffee Ratings

We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.

Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:

Light Roast           More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker
Medium Roast           Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess
Dark Roast           Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal

Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:

Light Body           Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate
Medium Body           Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour
Full Body           Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers

Brewing Guide | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Tea Brewing Guide

Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.

Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.

Brew times shown in minutes.

Coffee Brewing Guide

The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.

Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through

  • Fine to medium grind coffee
  • 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
French press: coffee grounds are ‘steeped’ in hot water, and then a filter presses down the grounds, allowing the finished coffee to be poured off
  • Coarse grind coffee
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
  • Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
  • Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!

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