Lapsang Souchong Definition

läpsäng so͝oshông
A variety of Chinese black tea having a smoky flavor imparted by withering and drying the leaves over fires of pine or other resinous trees.
American Heritage

A black tea originally from the Zheng Shan part of Mount Wuyi in the Fujian province of China.


Origin of Lapsang Souchong

  • Perhaps Amoy lāusiǒng literally, venerable pine (Amoy lāu venerable) (from Middle Chinese law´) (also the source of Mandarin lǎo aged, venerable) (Amoy siông pine) (from Middle Chinese sfiywŋ) (also the source of Mandarin sōng) souchong

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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