According to some sources, Lapsang souchong is the first black tea in history (green tea has been around much longer), and the story of its origin says that the tea was created during the Qing era when travel by armies of soldiers in the area delayed the annual drying of the tea leaves in the Wuyi Mountain, causing a shortage of the traditional green tea all throughout the land. In an attempt to satisfy demand, the tea growers developed a way to speed up the drying process by having their workers dry the tea leaves over fires made from local pine trees, and sometime even pine tar, causing the resulting brew to take on it’s now famous distinctive smoky flavor. These days, Lapsang Souchong is what I call a “Love it or Hate it” tea, with just about everyone who tries it having a pretty strong reaction to it one way or the other. If you love it, we’ve got you covered, with an amazing organic Lapsang Souchong variety straight from the Wuyi mountain! Come check out our full selection of black, green, and white teas, and herbal tisanes at Boston Tea Room Ferndale.