Our Lapsang Souchong is a black tea from the Fujian province of China, famous for its smoky aroma and flavor. It is a smokey and smooth black tea that is unlike any traditional black tea. It’s a member of the Bohea family of teas and is sometimes called “smoked tea”. This tea comes from the traditional sinensis plant, and therefore has the normal and of black tea, but the preparation method and flavor is what sets it apart from other black teas.
History of Lapsang Souchong:
The story goes that the tea was created during the Qing era when the passage of armies delayed the annual drying of the tea leaves in the Wuyi Mountain. Eager to satisfy demand, the tea producers sped up the process by drying the leaves over fires made from local pines. According to legend, Lapsang souchong is the first black tea in history, even earlier than Keemun tea. After the lapsang souchong tea was used for producing black tea called Min Hong (meaning “Black tea produced in Fujian”), people started to move the tea bush to different places, such as Keemun, India and Ceylon.
What is Black Tea?
Black tea is a true tea that comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Black tea leaves are allowed to fully oxidize before being processed and dried, which makes the leaves dark brown and gives the tea its signature flavor profile. Black teas tend to be bold and brisk, and they are often described as astringent.
Benefits of Black Tea:
- Antioxidants called polyphenols in black tea may help prevent DNA damage in the body
- deter weight gain and promote fat loss
- lower blood sugar levels and the chance of developing type-2 diabetes
- lowers risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease
- reduce blood pressure
- helps to provide mental alertness and energy
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“Black tea, contains flavonoids which are also found in apples. Unlike green tea, black tea, once processed eliminates all antioxidants existing in it. Black tea not only helps to fight bacteria but also strengthens the immune system. As one knows, drinking tea hydrates the body, thus a cup of black tea helps moisturise the skin. Black tea also balances the hormone levels, which fends off stress. Not only does black tea have anti-inflammatory qualities, it also keeps a check on the digestive tracts functioning. It can help reduce stroke risks as it balances the cholesterol level.” Black tea health benefits
“Many people drink black tea for alertness and energy. There is good scientific evidence to show this works. Black tea contains caffeine. It also contains a little bit of a stimulating substance called theophylline. Both can speed up your heart rate and make you feel more alert. Black tea is also full of healthy substances called polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that can help protect your cells from DNA damage.” Black Tea: Health Uses and Risks
“Tea leaves are a source of polyphenols, especially catechins, which are known for their antioxidative activity. Various studies suggest that polyphenolic compounds present in black tea are associated with beneficial effects in prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, anti-aging, antidiabetic and many other health beneficial effects associated with tea consumption have been reported.” Health benefits of black tea
Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.