Lapsang souchong tea in a cup with tea leaves in a traditional setting
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How to Make Lapsang Souchong Tea: Easy Recipe

Lapsang Souchong Tea is a kind of Chinese black tea, which is also referred to as Smoked Tea because the tea leaves are smoke-dried over pinewood fires. The tea is known for its interesting smoky flavor.  But how do you make this Chinese beverage in the comforts of your home? Let's find out.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Lapsang Souchong
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 4 people
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 5 grams lapsang souchong powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp honey optional
  • milk optional


  • To make Lapsang Souchong tea, first, add 5 grams of lapsang souchong powder to a teapot or tea infuser.
  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and then immediately pour over the tea powder.
  • Allow the tea to steep for 3 minutes.
  • Strain the tea to prevent the flavor from becoming too bitter. Accordingly, add a tsp of honey and milk, as per your preference. Enjoy the hot cup of tea with family and friends.
    Lapsang souchong tea in a cup with tea leaves in a traditional setting


You can also keep a close watch on the temperature of the water. Remember that boiling water will give you a smokier, earthier and a harder, astringent-like tea, while cooler water will have a fruitier and milder flavor.