Lapsang Souchong (Zhengshan Xiaozhong)

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About Lapsang Souchong (Zhengshan Xiaozhong)

Lapsang Souchong is the world's oldest black tea variety. It has a history of more than 400 years, dating back to the middle and late Ming Dynasty. It was created by local tea farmers in the Wuyi Mountain area, Fujian province.

Our Lapsang Souchong is not smoked, which means it remains dark brown, nearly black in color. The leaves are stout with a slight twist. The tea soup is bright red. It tastes sweet and mellow, with a longan flavor and floral aroma and aftertaste. It can be drunk with milk and honey.

Brewing Guide

3 teaspoon(s)

90°C (125ml)

1-2 mins


6 tsp

90°C (250ml)

1-2 mins


12 tsp

90°C (500ml)

1-2 mins


If using a Gaiwan Gongfu style, infuse 3 teaspoons of Lapsang Souchong Black Tea for 125ml gaiwan in hot water (90℃) for around 10 seconds for the first brew, extending the infusion time for the following brew.

Do not using boiling water because it will destroy the vitamin C and other beneficial contents of the leaves; it will also accelerate the precipitation of phenolic substances such as caffeine and tea polyphenols, which will make tea taste sour and bitter.

Brewing with milk: Brew Lapsang Souchong for around five minutes in hot water (90℃). Then add milk and sugar.



The home of Lapsang Souchong is Wuyishan Nature Reserve. It has a subtropical monsoon climate. This very famous natural reserve, which is 96.3% forest, provides an advantageous natural environment for Golden Eyebrow. The average altitude of the main producing area is about 1,200 meters. For almost 120 days a year, it is misty. The annual average temperature is around 11–18°C and the average precipitation about 2,000mm. The soil pH is 4.5 to 5.

Origin: Fujian

10 reviews for Lapsang Souchong (Zhengshan Xiaozhong)

  1. English


    Excellent tea with a rich mix of floral and chocolatey notes in its taste and aftertaste. One of the best black teas I’ve tasted so far.

  2. English


    Malty full bodied flavour, has notes of dark chocolate, quite a nice tea, authentic aroma

  3. English


    This tea is an absolute game-changer. I’ve never had a tea quite like this before. Milky smooth honey/caramel notes on the aftertaste are absolutely stunning.

  4. English


    I love black tea and this really hits the spot. It’s great with milk and honey.

  5. English


    This is the way Lapsang Souchong is meant to taste. Forget the imitations and choose the genuine, historical variety.

  6. English


    Definitely the best Lapsang Souchong I have tried. More mellow than the others.

  7. English

    Luke G.

    A traditional herbal tea with an authentic aromatic smell and flavour. I prefer the premium version but this one definitely worths the money 🙂

  8. English

    Daniel E.

    Strong black tea that is high in caffeine and perfect for the start or end of a long day.

  9. English

    Alana I.

    At last, a quality tea of this variety that isn’t smoked! You can taste the floral and berry overtones, and it brews beautifully at below boiling, without bitterness, making for a delicate and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

  10. English

    Brodie P.

    Just loved it

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