Unequivocally one of the most unusual flavored teas on the market, Lapsang Souchong (also known as smoked tea) has plenty of history behind its very distinct flavor. This curious tea processing began in the mountains of the Fujian province of China. Legend says that during the Qing Dynasty, a large group of soldiers took refuge for the night in a local tea factory. With so many unexpected guests, the tea processors had no choice but to expedite the tea drying (normally withered naturally in open air) by lighting large pine fires. This infused the normal, twisted black tea leaves with a very special smoked flavor. The story today has a little less excitement but the same amount of open flame. The Chinese black tea leaves are wood-fired before the pan-firing process that truly makes black tea “black” as we know it. Lapsang Souchong is very particular in that only pine wood is used for the smoking process, giving it a flavor like no other tea on the market. Though some well-trained tea palates are able to identify a particular piney taste, most tea drinkers relish Lapsang Souchong for its telltale smoke infused brew. Imagine a full blown campfire, but poured right into your cup.