Delight in our irresistible smoky teas.

Did you know that the first black tea ever invented was a smoked tea? Lapsang souchong is by far the most well-known smoky tea and is traditionally created by drying the leaves over a pinewood fire. However, there is also Russian Caravan, whose tasting notes are as intriguing as its history. The majority of smoked teas are also Chinese black teas. This is because smoking tea is a production process first founded in China’s Fujian province. Come and explore our range of smoky teas today!



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The Tea Centre’s curated collection of smoky teas

For those who have not come across the term before, “smoky” tea or “smoked” teas are umbrella terms for any loose leaf whose oxidation process involves drying the leaves over a smouldering fire. The most famous smoked tea is lapsang souchong as it was the first black tea ever invented. However, The Tea Centre also stocks black tea fusions like Russian Caravan and Sir John that contain smoked loose leaves. Interested in other black teas? Keemun OP is not a smoked tea but is said to possess smoky tasting notes.


Are smoked teas carcinogenic?

There is a common misconception that teas like lapsang souchong carry carcinogens derived from the smoking process. However, our tea drinkers can rest assured that this is not the case for The Tea Centre’s smoked tea range. All our teas are smoked over filtered fires and blended in Germany, where it is quality tested by the European Union’s strictest standards. They are completely safe for consumption.


What are the health benefits of smoky tea?

There are a number of benefits to drinking smoky teas. All smoky teas are made from black loose leaves, which are great at boosting your gut health. The substantial amount of theaflavins in smoked tea have also been known to improve blood flow while simultaneously reducing bad cholesterol in the body. All of which contributes to improving heart health!

Studies further support the idea that smoky teas aid the body in metabolising sugar more efficiently. This may contribute to weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and consistent exercise. Lastly, smoked black teas are also known to contain healthy doses of caffeine. Randomised studies on this have shown that black teas are a great alternative to coffee, as they contain less caffeine while still providing the tea drinker with the same levels of alertness and energy. So it is well worth adding our selection of smoked teas to your kitchen cabinet at home.


How to brew a cup of smoked tea

To brew a perfect cup of smoky black tea you need to do the following.

  • Measure out one teaspoon or two grams of black tea per 200ml using an infuser or filter bag.
  • Pour in water at 95°C or just below the boil.
  • Steep for 3-4 minutes.
  • Smoked teas are a full-bodied brew, so you can add milk. However, its subtle smoky flavours are best enjoyed on their own.

    Buy smoked tea online or in-store at The Tea Centre tea shops

    Here at The Tea Centre, we pride ourselves on the elite quality of our smoky tea and work hard to make them luxurious and thoroughly enjoyable. You will notice that our smoked teas are beautifully fragrant and enticing, with smoky tasting notes like toasted pinewood and even the classic campfire taste apparent in different teas across our range. It’s all part of our plan to provide you with the finest tea possible.

    Making a pot or a cup of smoked tea using loose leaves is not as hard as it sounds, with easy-to-use infusers and strainers available. However, if you are looking for a quicker alternative, we do also offer a range of teas in biodegradable pyramid tea bags, including black tea bags, green tea bags, and herbal tea bags.

    Interested in other teas? Look through our selections of green teas, and herbal teas to find the ones that are right for you.