Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Lapsang Souchong Crocodile Tea is a smoked Loose Leaf Black Tea. Unlike other varieties of Lapsang Souchong, which come from Fujian province, China, this particular type is the product of Taiwan.
When brewed, it boasts an unmistakably ‘snappy’ flavour with especially potent smoky notes. We pack it fresh to order, ensuring not only quality but also consistency.
When it comes to Lapsang Souchong benefits, this beverage has much of the same properties as any other Black Tea. It promotes weight loss by boosting the metabolism of fat cells.
It improves heart health due to its abundance in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. After a meal, it can even aid digestion while simultaneously supporting the immune system, warding off colds and the flu.
Story Behind Formosan Lapsang Souchong
Did you know that Lapsang Souchong was likely the first Black Tea ever made? Legend has it that a group of farmers made it by pure accident following a confrontation with bandits. Fearing these scoundrels were about to take their crop, the farmers dried the leaves over pinewood fires to hastily prepare it for market. However, this began the process of oxidation, as well as ‘smoking’ the Tea.
The story of Formosan Tea (including Lapsang Souchong Tea Crocodile), on the other hand, has much clearer, records-based origins. A British merchant and entrepreneur named John Dodd (1839-1907) essentially kicked-started the Formosan (now Taiwanese) Tea Industry during the 1860s.
He transported Tea bushes from the Chinese Fujian province to Taiwan with his associate, Li Chunsheng.
Together, John Dodd and Li Chunsheng persuaded local farmers to increase the cultivation of Tea by providing financial support. This, in turn, gave rise to the establishment of numerous plantations and factories in and around the Formosan capital of Taipei.
The Tea movement in Formosa during the late 1800s coincided with mass-immigration from China’s eastern mainland provinces. These immigrants came equipped with centuries of Tea-producing knowledge passed down through generations. During this time, and even still today, Lapsang Souchong Tea production reigned supreme in Formosa/Taiwan.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: Taiwan (formerly Formosa).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Some add milk or a Non Dairy Milk Substitute. Others add honey or lemon. Nevertheless, we recommend serving Lapsang Souchong Tea Crocodile black.
Tasting Notes: Embrace distinctly smoky flavours with subtly sweet undertones.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, light in tone.
Benefits of Lapsang Souchong Tea Crocodile Tea
Here’s an exciting new discovery: habitual Tea drinking (at least three times a week) could support a longer, healthier life! This is according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, which saw 100,902 participants split into two groups.
The first group was comprised of volunteers who drank three or more cups of Tea a week. The second group, meanwhile, included those who drank less than three brews a week.
Both sets of test subjects were followed-up for a median of 7.3 years, the results ultimately establishing that 50-year-old habitual Tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Additionally, scientists noted that these same brew lovers could live up to 1.26 years longer than someone who never or seldom drank Tea.