This is Love it or Hate it tea. Authentic Lapsang Souchong, also known as Chinese smoked black tea, is manufactured in unique smoking sheds were tea leaves are smoked over charcoal or pinewood in a bamboo basket. This tea is different from other tea types as smoking is part of the process of oxidizing the leaf into black tea. The flavour could be exceptionally diverse and it depends on the intensity and duration of smoking during Lapsang Souchong manufacturing.
Lapsang is produced mainly at Wuyi Mountains with a tiny area for tea production. Tea grown in the rocky, mineral-rich soil is highly prized. Tea bushes produce lower yield in such landscape, which influence tea price. High demand for Bohea teas, Lapsang is part of this tea group, dictates a higher market price so that shortage in supply stimulated Taiwanese tea farmers to produce Lapsang Souchong.
Stronger brewed Lapsang typically lacking bitterness so common to regular black tea. You can have it plain, with milk or sweetener.
Teamatica's Lapsang Souchong tea is brought directly from the tea farm from the Fujian province.
How much caffeine in lapsang souchong tea?
Lapsang Souchong caffeine content is the same as in most black tea leaves. On average, a tea leaf is 3% caffeine by weight, though some tea varieties produce caffeine as low as 1.5%, or as high as 4.5%. Caffeine level in a cup could be as low as 20 mg and as high as 80 mg.
The key factor is how much caffeine was extracted from a tea leaf during steeping. If tea leaf is broken, like tea in a tea bag, the caffeine level would be higher then from a black loose leaf tea.
Few things to remember to control caffeine level in a cup:
Choose tea leaf that is less broken.
Reduce tea steeping time.
The recommended steeping time is 2-3 minutes for 2 g of tea per cup of 250 ml. Use boiled water at 100C-90C.
Biscuity, lightly to robustly smoked flavour. Classic Lapsang Souchong.