Wild Lapsong (Unsmoked): Wild Lapsang is a truly unique offering from the Wuyi Mountain area.
The tea is harvested from wild growing trees/bushes on the property of second generation tea farmer, Cindy Chen.
Most of the plants are 40 years old and others are younger, cropping up naturally from seed. Sometimes tea of this nature is called “caicha” or “vegetable tea.”
Smooth, rich and aromatic, Wild Lapsang differs from most Lapsang Souchong teas in that it is unsmoked. The appearance of the leaf is long and wiry and unbroken with some shine. The black tea leaves look very uniform, but are actually harvested from more than one varietal.
Lapsang teas are said to age well.
Every tea is different and can be brewed in different ways. The chart below is not a hard-and-fast guide for brewing this tea, but rather a place to get started.
Steeping time may vary based on your personal taste or on how many infusions have already been done. Experiment with the brewing of your tea to discover its unique character.
Water Temp: 190-200 F
Steep Time (minutes): 3/4
Number of Infusions: 3/4
Quantity of Leaf (tsp/8oz Water): 1