Colonial Lapsang Souchong Tea
Lapsang Souchong is a distinctive black tea that is dried over pine smoke. It is composed of tea from the Souchong leaf, the fourth or fifth leaf down from the bud.
In colonial America, the new availability of stimulating beverages like tea provided a welcome alternative to alcohol and helped coffeehouses become gathering places for community discussion and debate. Tea was also popularly drunk at home.
This strong, smoky black tea comes loose in a 3 oz tin or a packet with 6 teabags.