Unique Beverage Syrups for Lapsang Souchong Tea
If it seems like coffee and cocktails get all of the attention around here, than this one is for you, Amoretti tea-lovers! Today, we’d like to profile one of our favorite – and incredibly unique – teas, lapsang souchong.
Lapsang souchong has been around for thousands of years, originating long ago in Fujian, China. It’s an intensely smoky tea that you’ll certainly never mistake for anything else. If you’ve never been much of a tea drinker, you should at least give lapsang souchong a chance. You might be delighted by how “un-tea like” it is.
The taste is somewhere between the smell of a campfire and the smell of cured meat. Intrigued? The black tea leaves are slowly reduced over a campfire of pine or cedar. Then, they’re left out to dry (after more roasting, of course) in bamboo baskets. While drying in the bamboo baskets, they absorb even more pine aroma as the pine needles and smoking rise up into the tealeaf.
You can buy this tea from just about any tea store with a wide selection. Use it to make gourmet drinks, or use it for cooking. We think it’s tasty on its own, too.
However, we’ve come up with three unique beverage syrups that we love to pair with lapsang souchong…
Amoretti Premium Crème Brûlée Syrup: This syrup is unique as lapsang souchong itself is. Crème Brûlée has a natural burnt caramel flavor that pairs nicely with the smokiness of this tea. It adds a slight amount of sweetness to a flavor that is naturally intense and smoky. The perfect pairing to make this tea a fine dessert drink!
Amoretti Premium Caramel Syrup: Our caramel syrup is a classic. It’s one we can’t help not pairing with anything smoky. Just as a good dark espresso roast has a burnt caramel flavor, so should a good, dark tea like lapsang souchong. Add a touch of cream, as well, to get a really smooth and unique taste.
Amoretti Premium Swiss Chocolate Syrup: Lastly, many people like to round out the astringency of lapsang souchong with the creaminess of chocolate. We think dark chocolate is too bitter to add to this already bitter tea. So, stick with Swiss chocolate – you can’t go wrong! It’s smooth and mellow – sure to be a great combination.
If you love unique teas, send us an email, and tell us about your favorite. We love coming up with unique beverage syrup combinations that are just as exciting and adventurous. Let us help you make gourmet drinks that rival the exquisiteness of lapsang souchong!