A hearty cup of Campfire cookout tea is an experience you’re not likely to forget very soon, a tea steeped in history which was once a favourite of Winston Churchill. Its common name is Lapsang Souchong but we it reminded us so much of campfires we decided to give it a more modern name.
Picture yourself back over 200 years ago in China during the Qing era, when the passing of the armies delayed the annual harvest of tea and drying of the tea leaves in the Wuyi mountains. The local farmers had to find a way to speed up the process so their crop didn’t go to waste. So, it’s believed they laid the leaves out in a basket made from bamboo, then the farmers dried the leaves over fires made using local pine wood, which gave it the smoky aroma and flavour.
This change in tea proved to be very hit and miss, but even to this day is still very popular among tea enthusiasts. This green tea is a very rich and golden in colour and has a distinct smell of campfires. No matter how long you brew this tea it’s unlikely to go bitter, the soft sweet smoky flavour is much gentler than the strong aroma reminiscent of the campfire. More of a smoky, deep flavour that can be enhanced with a little sugar. We don’t recommend you add milk to this tea but do recommend you give it a try!