Lapsang Souchong reminds us that a tea can be unique. Lapsang is remarkably smooth and tasty with hints of sweet smoky flavors. Perfect for these cooler winter mornings. The smoky aroma is special. Part of the processing includes drying the harvested leaves over open fires! The legend of the smoking process dates back to the Qing dynasty. While passing through a village, soldiers stymied local tea growers’ production when they camped out in a tea factory full of fresh leaves awaiting processing. The delay forced workers to hasten the customary drying stage. Someone had the idea to use heat from glowing embers beneath the tea racks. At market, the tea created a sensation. Today, little differs from the legend. Lapsang Souchong is first withered over smoky pine root fires, then pan fried and rolled. Bamboo baskets are then filled and hung on wooden racks over the pine root embers to dry the leaves and ensure absorption of the smoke. The result is a balanced aroma that disappears into a mild sweet smooth flavor.