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Lapsang Souchong Zhivago

A premium Lapsang Souchong with an aroma of pine and oak wood fire.


Dr. Zhivago. Most of us are familiar with the Hollywood version of this sweeping Russian tale starring Omar Sharif. The story however was originally penned in novel form by Boris Pasternak, a Russian writer who wrote during the days of the U.S.S.R. The story centers around one Doctor Yurii Andreievich Zhivago who goes to work as a medic in 1919 during the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1958 for the work but was forced to turn down the honor by the Soviet government. This tea is in honor of Pasternak, a lifelong tea lover, by naming this wonderful version of Lapsang Souchong after his seminal work. Lapsang was chosen to honor Pasternak because it was his favorite tea and Lapsang is also associated with tea drinking in Russia. This tea with its smoky aroma evokes the mystery of the far East and is commonly brewed in samovars from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

Lapsang Souchong is produced in Fujian province in China. The process begins with freshly picked tea that is withered over pine or cedar fires, pan-fired, and then rolled by hand. Once rolled, the leaves are pressed into wooden barrels and covered with cloth and allowed to ferment until they begin to emit a pleasant aroma. Once fermented, the leaves are rolled again into tight strips and then placed in bamboo baskets that are hung over burning pine boughs. As the leaves dry, they further develop their smoky flavor. The Lapsang process results in a tea with leaves that are thick, black, and glossy.  This tea can be enjoyed on its own although some may prefer it with a dash of milk and sugar to help expand the unique smoky flavor profile.
 
Lapsang Zhivago Tea Sample
Lapsang Zhivago Tea Sample

$1.75
Lapsang Zhivago Tea One Ounce
Lapsang Zhivago Tea One Ounce

$3.50
Lapsang Zhivago Two Ounce
Lapsang Zhivago Two Ounce

$6.50
Lapsang Zhivago Four Ounce
Lapsang Zhivago Four Ounce

$10.95
Lapsang Zhivago Eight Ounce
Lapsang Zhivago Eight Ounce

$19.95
Lapsang Zhivago One Pound
Lapsang Zhivago One Pound

$35.95
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