Fujian Province

3500-5000' ft. above sea level

Medium Caffiene Level


Butterfly Lapsang

A smooth crisp character with the remarkable and
heady aroma of a pine and oak wood fire. Cup tends
bright with reddish hues.

Tending bright and lively.

Black tea

In life there are many things we tend to love or
hate, things for which a middling position is
impossible. Consider: Liver and onions. Heavy
Metal Music. Getting caught in the rain. You
either love `em or you hate `em. Well now you can
add a tea to the list Lapsang Souchong. Variously
compared to a burning campfire or ashtray, the
flavor of Lapsang Souchong is to the uninitiated,
quite an intense flavor to behold. However, to
those who know, the smoky cup of a high quality
Fujian Lapsang is second to none, mysteriously
miraculous, a feast for the taste buds, truly one
of those unique items for which there is no middle
ground of appreciation. So how is this miraculous
tea produced and who conceived of it in the first
place? Well, there is only one way to produce it.
Souchong leaves, noted for their thick, rough
appearance are withered over burning pine bows,
placed in barrels covered with cloth and allowed
to ferment. A process which has gone virtually
unchanged for hundreds of years. And who came up
with the idea? Like many developments in the world
of tea there is more than one story. One story
maintains that during the Qing Dynasty an army
unit passing through a small village decided to
camp in a tea factory. Once they were gone, the
workers realized that the only way to get the tea
ready for the next day's market was to dry it over
a fire. They did exactly that and voila, Lapsang
Souchong was born. Story number two describes a
situation aboard an English Tea Clipper en-route
from China. In this story, waves broke over the
deck during a storm and soaked a shipment of
Fujian tea. The sailors, recognizing this to be
very bad for business decided to dry the tea in
large pans set over a campfire. Et voila, Lapsang
Souchong was born again. So, take your pick. Which
story do you like? May we suggest you mull it over
a nice hot cup of tea? Inhale the rich smoky aroma
and absorb the mystery of its origins. Next take a
sip and note how the smoky sensation fills your
mouth in a way no other tea possibly could. Can
you tell which side of the love/hate relationship
we fall on? It is important to steep Lapsang for
slightly less time than you would other teas. Even
for a true connoisseur the flavor of an over-
steeped Lapsang can be slightly overwhelming. The
flavor may also be enhanced with a touch of milk
and sugar. In conclusion, we are pleased to offer
you this superb tea, especially so considering its
organic status. Unlike many inferior Lapsangs that
may be grown and flavored with chemicals, this tea
is 100% natural. So brew a pot today, and get with
the love.

Bring freshly drawn cold water to a a rolling boil.
Place 1 teaspoon for each cup into teapot. Add
boiling water , cover and let steep 3-7 minutes. Add
milk and sugar to taste. Acceptable to consume
'Straight Up'.

*One Quart* Place 6 teaspoons of tea in a heat
resistant pitcher. Add 1 1/4 cups of freshly
boiled water. Steep 5 minutes. Quarter fill a
serving pitcher with ice water. Added steeped tea
and fill with ice water. Garnish and sweeten to
taste. (Please note: Top quality tea may cloud
when iced (it is okay) due to their high
polyphenol levels).


2 Oz $ 12.95

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