Lapsang Souchong Tea Crocodile
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
For those wishing to be particularly adventurous with their cup of Lapsang Souchong Loose Leaf Tea, Crocodile might be the blend from you! While most Lapsang Souchongs originate from China’s Fujian Province, Crocodile is in fact created in Formosa, Taiwan. As the name might suggest, Lapsang Souchong Crocodile has a snappy flavour with especially pungent smoky notes that stimulate your taste buds rather than overpowering them. Despite being produced in a different country, this blend shares the same processing method as its Chinese counterparts. This includes the tea leaves withered over a pinewood fire to create the distinctive flavour we all know and love in all Lapsang Souchong leaf tea! Be prepared for a full bodied and truly delectable tea!
To tell the story of Lapsang Souchong Crocodile, we must first explore the country and area in which it is grown. Compared with China’s 5,000-year-old history with tea cultivation, Taiwan is relatively new to the industry. After passing hands between the English, Dutch, Spanish and the Portuguese, Taiwan found itself annexed by the Chinese in 1662. Under the rule of the Qing dynasty, Taiwan’s new found ownership coincided with the era in which Lapsang Souchong laves were first created. As Chinese immigration to Taiwan saw a dramatic impact on the country’s culture, tea farmers found their way to the Formosa Province (originally named by the Portuguese in 1590.)
It was soon discovered that this mountainous region, with its geography and climate, were perfect conditions to grow rich and luxurious tea. As the industry flourished in Taiwan, European interest once again increased, and in 1866, a trader named John Dodd helped to further boost its capability by financing Taiwanese peasants who wanted to start up plantations and also set up factories to improve tea’s manufacturing. Taiwan would soon change hands once more, and under the Japanese Occupation, (1895-1945) the country’s tea industry would thrive as fertilizers and numerous tea plants were supplied to its people. Now, as Taiwan is considered a strong and independent Nation, Lapsang Souchong Crocodile is just one of many popular blends reaching out across the world.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea
Origin: Formosa, Taiwan.
Brewing Guide: Brew using boiling water and infuse for 2 to 4 minutes.
How to Serve: A blend that can quite easily be enjoyed on its own. Alternatively, milk honey or lemon can be added for extra flavour.
Tasting Notes: Aside from its strong and distinctively smoky flavour, subtle yet sweet notes of honeysuckle can also be tasted, leaving a pleasant aftertaste on your palette.
Colour in Cup: Brown liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Drinking Lapsang Souchong Tea: Taiwanese Lapsang Souchong is no different to its Chinese counterparts when it comes to incredible health benefits! These include improved cardiovascular health, stronger immune system, lower caffeine intake and even weight loss control! Like other black teas, Lapsang Souchong has the ability to boost the metabolism of your body, allowing you to burn calories more efficiently whilst keeping the pounds off!
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon