Lapsang Souchong Tea Falcon
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
From the Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province to your soothingly warm cup, our Lapsang Souchong Falcon equals in prestige to that of the bird it is named after. One of the favourite Lapsang Souchong blends available at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, Falcon can offer a rich and spicy flavour which is rather more pronounced than our Lapsang Souchong Osprey. Interestingly, when plucking Lapsang loose tea, you don’t pick the new growths of two leaves and a bud but instead pluck the more mature, riper, larger leaves from the lower parts of the tea bushes. After fermentation, the tea leaves are put on hot iron pans and roasted for a short time, after which the tea is smoked over exotic woods rich in resin. This creates the distinctive flavour and aroma known and loved in Lapsang Souchongs across the world!
A great mystery surrounds the origin of this tea as no definitive answer to its beginnings have ever been uncovered. Over the course of centuries, legends and myths have been circulated, and whilst these must be taken with moderate scepticism, there is no doubt some elements of truth are embedded in these enchanting stories. One such tale dates back to the Qing dynasty – a time of great upheaval in China. As farmers found themselves faced with rogues and scoundrels looking for easy plunder, the virtuous workers had no choice but to artificially dry the leaves over pinewood fires in order to speed up the process. This was done so the entire harvest might not be lost and ultimately ensure the produce reached the markets in time. The result was unexpected and initially considered a disaster – a smoked tea. Who would buy this failure of a crop?
It turned out that traders adored the smoky flavour created from the tea leaves absorbing the fire’s scorn, greatly altering the fragrance and taste to create something unique and special. So Lapsang Souchong Leaf Tea was here to stay, and with it came many different blends named after favoured animals – the more prestigious the creature was, the higher the grade of tea!
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea
Origin: Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province, China.
Brewing Guide: Brew using boiling water and infuse for 4 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk can be optional, along with honey and lemon.
Tasting Notes: Delicate grassy and vegetal notes can be tasted from the subtle smokiness of the black tea. Full-bodied and hearty yet not too imposing on the palette.
Colour in Cup: Rich golden dark liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits Lapsanf Loose Tea: Rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and amino acids, there are many ways in which Lapsang Souchong Falcon can help you alongside a healthy and active lifestyle. These include weight loss control, improved Cardiovascular and Immune system health, lower cholesterol and even reduced risks of heart attacks and diabetes. Further to this, Lapsang Souchong Falcon has a much lower caffeine content than coffee, making it a viable alternative for those trying to step down their caffeine intake.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon