Lapsang Souchong Imperial

4.5 star average rating
21 Reviews Write a Review
The best China Lapsang Souchong we have found. To our knowledge, we are the only importer of this grade of loose leaf China Lapsang Souchong tea. Superior in flavor. Very smoky, yet quite mellow.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 4-5 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)
Lapsang Souchong Imperial Reviews
4.5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (based on 21 reviews)

  • Meh.
  • 2 star rating
  • Carla – WV – April 22, 2021
  • The tea is weak and the smoke overpowers it. This is what most Lapsang Souchong is like, which is fine if you love pine smoke. On rare occasion you can find one that is lightly smokey and complements the tea, but this isn't it.
  • Not impressed
  • 2 star rating
  • Katie – WA – March 21, 2021
  • It wasn't as smooth and smoky as I'd prefer.
  • Smooth smokey
  • 5 star rating
  • kimberly – UT – March 10, 2021
  • This tea was my first introduction to Lapsang souchong and while any seasoned tea drinker can tell you it's an aquired taste, this tea is great quality and a must-try. Takes well to sweeteners, my favorite preparation is with maple syrup.
  • Great Flavor.
  • 3 star rating
  • Gerald – OH – February 19, 2021
  • Loved the smell of the dry leaves. The tea is a nice flavour. It has a smokey sweat flavour like a good barbecue. However, the leaves appear to be Crush Tear Curl (CTC) and not full leaves.
  • Lovely Lapsang
  • 5 star rating
  • CS – VT – January 29, 2021
  • Wonderful lapsang... and I have been on the hunt. I sometimes mix this 1/2 -1/2 with an Earl Grey and that produces a unique morning brew that takes milk exceptionally well. I also use about 1/6 lactaid and the rest 2% regular milk, which makes for an astonishingly soft and rounded cup. I discovered that by mistake and never went back!
  • Aggressively acidic
  • 2 star rating
  • Alin – WA – December 07, 2020
  • Coming from Assam and Ceylon teas, I find this too acidic for my taste. I don't dislike the smokey fragrance, but need to experiment to lower the acidity. I usually try hard to adjust to new teas, if I can find a working recipe (less tea, milk, or maybe a mix with green tea?) I'll be back to grade it higher.
  • Very different, flavorful
  • 5 star rating
  • Rafael – DE – November 02, 2020
  • Never knew what this tea would taste like. Took a shot. The Smokey fragrance alone from the bag was inviting. The taste was one I fell in love with and have been drinking it ever since. Do at times mix a little green tea with it. Makes a nice touch to the end of the day. Some people have written outer space experiences. Its just tea not LSD.
  • Fantastic Smoky Tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Heidi – MA – October 16, 2020
  • My husband and I have been drinking this tea for years. Usually, it's just been during the colder months, but this year it's been every night, every season. You have to drink this tea really hot; I let it seep for 7 minutes; two heaping teaspoons per 12 oz mug. I find it verrrry calming; almost medicinal. A nightcap to a long day and a big dinner.
  • Lives up to the reputation
  • 2 star rating
  • Jack – TX – September 29, 2020
  • Pretty intensely smoky, which is great if that's mainly what you're looking for. Don't expect nuance, the base tea is pretty weak and the smoke overpowers all else. I prefer smokiness to compliment the tea, which isn't the case at all here, so only two stars from me. I sometimes throw a few leaves in with other black teas and it adds a nice touch.
  • The best of the bunch...
  • 5 star rating
  • Matt – NC – August 17, 2020
  • I've tried many Lapsangs but the Imperial is my favorite. Every time I drink another variety I ask myself...why didn't I just stick with what I love? Far richer and smokier than the other Lapsangs and yet somehow smoother. So glad I can buy this tea. Been sipping on it for years.
  • Perfect Smokey Taste
  • 5 star rating
  • Kimberly – UT – August 10, 2020
  • This tea was my first Smokey tea and having heard very mixed reviews of lapsang souchang, I was somewhat worried that I would not enjoy it much. However I found this tea to be truly delightful! It has a rich campfire taste with scents of smoked meat. I found it did not pair as well with plain sugar or honey but sweetened perfectly with maple syrup
  • Smokey Campfire
  • 5 star rating
  • Tam – IL – May 20, 2020
  • Has an distinct unique smokey campfire taste. I enjoyed the sample cup, and will order more. I'm not sure if after several cups, the smokey flavor will be something I still love or be annoyed with. I added a small touch to a green tea I was drinking, essentially blending teas, and it added a hint of smoke, which added a delicious element.
  • SUPER smoky
  • 5 star rating
  • Anna – MA – March 13, 2020
  • If you like smoky teas, you'll love this one. The scent is so strong that my wife always thought I was eating smoked meat whenever I drank it. Really delicious.
  • Excellent
  • 5 star rating
  • M – GA – January 06, 2020
  • This lapsang souchong is great. Smoky and flavorful to enjoy a small cup but smooth enough to drink a whole thermos.
  • An Acquired Taste
  • 4 star rating
  • SFSteve – CA – November 22, 2018
  • Like the idea of drinking tea around a campfire? Bingo! I'd call it an acquired taste, although as the reviews here attest it has its enthusiastic fans. Whether the evident smokiness appeals will be purely subjective. While the tea itself seems of fine quality, to my taste buds it barely peeks out from behind the veil of smoke. Sample first.
  • Great tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Kroha – MA – May 10, 2018
  • One of the best Souchongs I have tried so far. Very rich, smoky flavor with a tiny bit of sweetness.
  • Smokey in scent, not taste.
  • 4 star rating
  • J – CA – April 02, 2018
  • Unlike other reviewers, I felt this one not so smokey but very pleasant indeed. this was my first Suchong so I don't know exactly what to expect. However, I had some experiences in smokey teas for their taste and I was not a big fan of them, this tea was very pleasing. The taste is very clean and mellow with a nice touch of the smoked food.
  • Delicious balanced maduro
  • 5 star rating
  • Roy – CA – December 08, 2017
  • This has outstanding depth of flavour as well a big fat smokey punch. Very special, you can taste the quality. Some of the less premium teas are all smoke and no tea, whereas this has them nicely aligned. I am a big fan of smokey tastes and love this stuff, but some friends have shied away, unimpressed.
  • Ne plus ultra
  • 5 star rating
  • Cliff – NS – December 07, 2017
  • Definitely for those who crave strong flavors, and perhaps not suitable for all ladies. Like discovering a true Czech pilsner after years of drinking "Lite" beer - you can never go back. I too have tried numerous Lapsang variants and this is the most robust and distinctive of them all. A morning imperative!
  • The best Lapsang I have ever had!
  • 5 star rating
  • Shawn – MA – October 06, 2017
  • When they say smoky, they mean it. The description is quite accurate. I try every Lapsang I can get my hands on, and none are better than this!
  • excites the smell and taste buds
  • 5 star rating
  • Inge Blevens – MO – September 27, 2017
  • I love this Tea. This Tea has its own special cup in my home. This is my go to Tea when I want to take a journey with a beloved book or sit by the fire and go down memory lane. Not bitter, nice smell and taste.
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