Tag: Lapsang Souchong

Social History of Tea

Pillars of Smoke: Churchill, Cigars and Lapsang Souchong Tea

 Smoking out a Winner The origin of Lapsang Souchong,  正山小種 is also associated with war. There are several versions of the story, but each involves a prematurely halted processing of black tea, bohea class. In China, sometime during the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912) invading troops marched into the tea producing area of the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian province. One version suggests the area itself was under attack, another that the troops required accommodation and for this purpose took over […]