Tea Review – Lapsang Souchong – Canton Tea Company

Tea Selection: Lapsang Souchong

Company Name: Canton Tea Co.

Location: Yanley Lane Bristol and London






What Canton Tea Co. says about themselves (taken from online source):


Canton Tea was founded in 2007 in London by Jennifer Wood. For years she had been unwittingly drinking some of the most expensive green tea in the world, a Pouchong given to her each spring by a tea-farmer friend in Taiwan.


It was the love of this tea that inspired the business. After a career as a copywriter in brand design, she wanted to create a company around the authentic pleasure of handmade tea.


Edgar Thoemmes, a natural entrepreneur with a gift for technology and a highly developed taste for fine tea, soon joined Jennifer. They set out to source the very best teas in the world, travelling to tea farms, meeting the producers and learning about tea. The learning never stops.





Read more about Canton Teas on their website: HERE. http://www.cantonteaco.com




What Canton Tea says about this tea:

The smokiness of the ancient and world-renowned Lapsang Souchong is present here in this classic Lapsang direct from Mr Liang Qizheng’s Farm, near Jianou, Fujian. The aroma evokes charred spruces, wood ash, smouldering campfires and cedar. The leaves of this tea are dried slowly over pine wood fires, smokiness slowly suffusing the leaves. The tea is dark, rich, fruity and of course – smoky.



Lapsang tea from Fujian China


COSTS: 50g Foil Bag £6.00

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.




Here is what I think


This smells like a very strong tea, but never allow the scent of a tea persuade you to buy or not buy a tea, it is always in the taste. Lapsang Souchong is always a smoky tea the first time I tried one I thought I was tasting charcoal, this tea dried over pine with no bark is very pleasant and smooth, it has a woody taste and a slight antiseptic flavor.


What I liked


I’m surprised at the smoothness of this tea, I’ve had a few Lapsangs that really were incredibly strong, this was such a pleasure with a woody taste and a slight smokey flavor, not overpowering but just right. Again another tea from this company with no aftertaste and no bitterness #love


What I did not like


I liked this tea, I’ve got nothing negative to say, however if you do not like smoky you will not like this or any Lapsang, just a warning.



Until next sip pinkies up and face the wind! You got this!


P.S. I’ve included an average brewing instruction chart below to help you brew your teas.






These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.


Time and Temperature Guide:


Tea      Temperature Minutes

Black      95°C / 205°F 3 – 5

Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4

Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3

Herbal/Tisanes.         100°C / 212°F 5 – 15

** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.


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