Lapsang Souchong

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Souchong is a high-grade variety of black China tea (Cantonese siu chung means ‘small sort’, a reference to its fine leaves) familiar in Britain since the mid-eighteenth century: in 1760 the Annual Register reported the shipping of 62,900 pounds from China by the East India company. Lapsang Souchong, however, a smoky-flavoured version of souchong, does not put in an appearance until the early 1880s, in a Junior Army and Navy Stores catalogue (Lapsang appears to be simply an invented commercial name). By the 1930s it had established itself as the epitome of refined China tea.

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