Black Tea

McKeag's Lapsang N°520


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A Lapsang Souchong, smoked black tea from China

Love it or leave it! With its robust, smoky aroma and peaty depth, it's no wonder lapsang souchong is prized by its adherents as the whisky of teas. This southern-Chinese specialty has a good smoking over wood fires to thank for its distinctive, full-bodied flavor.

smoky, leather, earthy

  • Black tea (smoked)
Quantity Temperature Time
Quantity Temperature Time
2 tsp / 250 ml 90° C / 195° F 1st infusion 3 min.
2nd infusion 4 min.

The idiosyncratic flavor of smoke , earth and a hint of leather prompts Alexander McKeag to describe lapsang souchong as "a man's tea, deep and subtle and blended in some rugged place", in American author James A. Michener's historical novel Centennial. McKeag proclaims the tea to be "better even than whisky." Indeed, lapsang souchong matures well, just as fine whiskies, developing a soft, creamy flavor from extended storage. Originating from the famed Wuyi Mountains in China's coastal Fujian Province, some sources believe lapsang souchong to be one of the very first black teas. The tea leaves are smoked by exposing them to burning pinewood during production.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Davide P.
A tea you have to try

I tried it, i can't stand it, but my sister stole my caddy, finished it and asked me to buy this again, telling me it as became her favorite tea.

Marek W.
Simply love it

At first I was skeptical about this kind of tea, the smell straight from the bag was also worrying, but after first brew I fell in love in it. It is not an everyday tea for me, but a treat from time to time. I do recommend to try it if you like black teas.

Love it!

My new favourite tea! Well balanced Lapsang great for the afternoon tea :)


Good smokey notes, I love it!

It's like Whiskey!

Holy smokes Batman! It's a smokey, smokey whiskey kind of tea, with a beautiful amber color. Did I mention smokey? Extremely bracing and strong - not for the faint of heart. With added milk it takes on an almost savory character. Great on its own but would probably be fantastic mixed into some English Breakfast tea to give it more character. Or any other tea, to be fair.

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