Lapsang Souchong Bärbucha Kombucha is not one of our best sellers, but it is definitely one of the more unusual Kombucha, not only in our repertoire, but generally out there.
As a matter of fact I do not know of any other commercial Kombucha brewery making it. At least not yet.
(This gorgeous photo is from the original post about Benefits of Lapsang Souchong (1*)
So what is Lapsang Souchong tea? It is a tea that is quite unlike any other tea, as it a smoked tea. Also "according to some sources, Lapsang souchong is the first black tea in history, even earlier than Keemun tea. After the lapsang souchong tea was used for producing black tea called Min Hong (meaning "Black tea produced in Fujian"), people started to move the tea bush to different places, such as Keemun, India and Ceylon." (2*)
The processing is what makes it unique:
"Processing"Souchong" refers to the fourth and fifth leaves of the tea plant, further away from the more highly prized bud (pekoe) of the tea plant. These leaves are coarser than the leaves closer to the bud and have fewer aromatic compounds. Smoking provides a way to create a marketable product from these less desirable leaves.The leaves are roasted in a bamboo basket called a hōnglóng (烘笼), which is heated over burning firewood, which contributes to the dried longan aroma and smoky flavour. Pinewood is used as the firewood for lapsang souchong and contains the characteristic resin aroma and taste." (3*)
And a bit of history:
" It is said that the lapsang souchong tea was discovered by accident. During the Dao Guang era of the Qing Dynasty, an army unit passed through Xingcu village and decided to set camp at a tea factory filled with unprocessed tea leaves. The workers could only return at the company after the soldiers left. Discovering that they didn’t have enough time to let the leaves dry, the workers decided to speed up the process. What they did was to place the tea leaves into bamboo baskets and dry them over fires made from local pines." (4*)
The flavor of the tea is described as "smoky, rich and fruity. It goes well with salty and spicy dishes, as well as with cheese". (5*) When the tea is fermented, the flavor is a bit milder, and well rounded, especially in the aged Bärbucha Kombucha (a minimum one month old)
Healthy Life Live (5*) mentioned those benefits :
"Benefits of lapsang souchong tea The lapsang souchong tea, just like all other types of black teas, has many health benefits that should encourage you to drink more of it. First of all, drinking lapsang souchong tea can reduce your chances of getting cancer. It also helps reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, as it lowers the cholesterol in your blood and helps the blood flow better in your veins. The Lapsang Souchong tea helps strengthen your immunity, protecting you from viruses that lead to colds, the flu or other diseases. It also helps you fight against various types of inflammations. During diets, it is recommended to drink black tea; this includes the lapsang souchong tea, as well. It helps burn fats faster and, therefore, helps you lose weight."
Tea Forte (6*) lists those benefits online :
"Improves Cardiovascular Health
Like other black teas, Souchong may help to increase blood flow while reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream. This combined with natural antioxidant activity keeps cholesterol from oxidizing and sticking to blood vessel walls, leading to a healthier cardiovascular system. Black tea also contains theanine, an amino acid which may have a calming effect on the body. Since stress can also cause cardiovascular problems over time, it may be beneficial to drink Souchong tea to relax and unwind.
Strengthens the Immune System
Drinking tea when you have a cold or the flu doesn't only help you feel better because it's warm and relaxing; it may also work to fight the infection. Its antioxidant properties can boost immunity to help you get better and keep you from getting sick again in the future.
Can Lower Inflammation
Many people believe that inflammation is at the root of many modern diseases, and the antioxidants found in tea may be able to combat this common problem. By preventing damage that causes inflammation, antioxidants may stabilize the body and promote overall health.
Potential Cancer Fighter
The combination of beneficial vitamins, catechins and polyphenols found in black tea have been studied for their potential to fight against cancer. Cancerous cell growth begins with damaged DNA that is then replicated when cells divide. The compounds in tea may be able to prevent that damage before it can become widespread, thus reducing the growth of potentially cancerous cells.
Lowers Caffeine Intake
The negative effects of drinking too much coffee are widely known. Excessive caffeine intake can cause nervousness or anxiety, jitters and even heart palpitations. Lapsang Souchong has a much lower caffeine content than coffee, making it a viable alternative for those trying to step down their caffeine intake. When consumed in reasonable amounts, it delivers enough of a pick-me-up to boost alertness without unpleasant symptoms.
Helps With Weight Control
Small amounts of caffeine combined with the antioxidants in black tea could help with weight loss. Some people have found that consuming black tea on a regular basis boosts the metabolism, burning calories more efficiently and keeping the pounds off.
So this tea, like all other ones in our Premium line up, also comes with benefits, which are further enhanced by the fermentation process The only thing about Lapsang Souchong is: because of its smoky flavor, people either LOVE it or HATE it. And there's nothing that can be done about it.
We make Lapsang Souchong Kombucha with an Organic certified (BIO) Lapsang Souchong which looks like this:
One more benefit for making Kombucha with this tea: you end up with a smoked SCOBY. And that's for people who use SCOBY in food recipes. So think about it!
The only drawback to that is - you can not re-use this culture for any other brew.
So stop by at our Kombucha Cafe in Berlin to check it out!
Ingredients: Filtered & Revitalized Water, Live Kombucha Cultures, BIO Unrefined Brown Sugar & BIO Lapsang Souchong
(1*), (4*) & (5*) http://www.healthylifelive.org/benefits-of-lapsang-souchong-tea/)
(2*) & (3*) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapsang_souchong
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