Formosa Lapsang

(15 customer reviews)


  • Formosa Lapsang: a most unusual Lapsang tea from Formosa (Taiwan).
  • It combines the earthy characteristics of Formosa’s oolongs with the pinewood aromas of Fujian Lapsang Souchongs.
  • This aromatic tea is smoked uniquely over a combination of oak and pinewood.
  • The typically coarse yet deep brown leaf produces a wonderfully balanced and subtly smoky tea.

Formosa Lapsang: a most unusual Lapsang tea from Formosa (Taiwan).

Formosa Lapsang combines the earthy characteristics of Formosa's oolongs with the pinewood aromas of Fujian Lapsang Souchongs. The typically coarse yet deep brown leaf produces a wonderfully balanced and subtly smoky tea that is most appealing. Produced in Taiwan, this black tea is smoked over a combination of oak and pinewood to give a uniquely rich and aromatic liquor. Use one teaspoon per cup and one for the pot with freshly boiling water and infuse for three minutes.

Formosa Lapsang "This is a delightful smoky cup of tea that shakes you out of indolence. I really like having this when I am reading in the late afternoon as it really perks me up and surprises me with every sip. The smell also permeates the room and transports me to dreamt of ryokans at the top of mountains."
My favourite early evening pick me up "I am addicted to this tea as an energy booster that manages to relax me at the same time. Fabulous smoky hit."

Tea from Grey's Teas

Our teas are loose leaf and we specialise in large leaf grades. All are made using traditional orthodox methods. Our teas are from named tea gardens or defined areas of origin.

Sourcing our tea

Formosa Lapsang tea has been chosen for its distinctive, balanced flavour, aroma and appearance. Our tea is carefully sourced from long-established shippers. We can therefore guarantee the quality and origin of each tea and that it conforms to UK food and drink health regulations and our own demanding grading requirements.

The benefits of loose leaf tea

This loose leaf tea enables the full flavour characteristics of the tea to infuse. This tea is chosen for its high grade which imparts the flavour and aroma characteristics for which this tea is best known. A little extra time is necessary when infusing large leaf grades but you will be rewarded with a superior, more balanced cup. You will be well rewarded for your patience!

Packing options

There are generally several packing options to choose from. These are 60 grams, 125 grams and 250 grams, the default being 125 grams in a packet. Our silver-coloured packets are a triple laminate of paper, foil and cellophane, specifically designed for tea. Alternatively, you can select a tin caddy for your tea. These square, silver coloured caddies have hinged lids. Again, 60 gram, 125 gram and 250 gram options are generally available as options which can be selected from the drop-down list. Packets and caddies have full-colour labels.

Delivery options

For delivery our standard shipping is second class post unless you choose an alternative option such as first class post or courier. Free UK shipping is available for orders over £30 and free first class post can be chosen for orders over £50.

Storing your tea

Store your tea with care by ensuring it is stored air-tight, away from heat, light, moisture and strong aromas. Our standard best-before period is one year from packing and all teas are packed to order.

A guide to our tea

At the checkout you may choose to receive a free, full-colour, eight-page guide to our tea. For more information about buying our loose leaf teas see our page How to Buy the Best Loose Leaf Tea.

Additional information

Packing Option

125 gram packet, 125 gram tin, 250 gram packet, 250 gram tin

15 reviews for Formosa Lapsang

  1. Anatoly

    Product: Lovely lapsang tea with a super flavour
    Service: Great as always

  2. James Samson

    Formosa Lapsang
    My favourite early evening pick me up

  3. Howard Cordran (verified owner)

    Having opened my packet of Formosa Lapsang in Autumn I am enjoying the experience of bringing the savour and aroma of woodsmoke from a fire of leaves into the room- well,not literally- but this is a tea suited to any time of year. Warning…when you have tried this one the supermarket teabag can be relegated to emergencies only.

  4. Anonymous

    Pleasant but not memorable
    my favourite tea to date

  5. Stuart Bates

    Product: What a change from regular Lapsangs!! The combination of Oolong with Pinewood smoke creates a wonderful depth of flavours that I have not experienced in other smoked teas.
    Service: Grey’s are a fantastic source of good quality teas. The range of products is fantastic and the information provided on the website is spot-on.

  6. Geraldine

    My favourite early evening pick me up
    Dark in Colour, Strong in taste

  7. Mrs Susan Bromiley

    Service: Took a few weeks to arrive this time, which was disappointing. However everything I ordered was included, well packaged.

  8. N Alderman

    Product: Good tea could have been a little more smokey, but this is a matter of taste
    Service: Fast delivery, reasonable price

  9. bob1 (verified owner)

    I bought this to compare with the Falcon, to which I gave 5 stars, and found it inferior; a rougher taste which some might well prefer. Basically a good tea, but not to my taste.

  10. Rosemary Wilkinson (verified owner)

    Thanks yet again to Greys – this is the tea I couldn’t be without! (and drink all the time!). Always arrives within a very few days of order, beautifully packed, and lasts until next order. Keep importing it!

  11. Leslie Holmes

    Service: I have been using Grey’s Teas for five years now. I find both their tea selection and the service excellent and recommend it unreservedly.

  12. Rosemary Wilkinson (verified owner)

    Rosemary Wilkinson – I coudn’t be without my all-time favourite Formosan Lapsang, and Greys have stepped up to the mark magnificently. Also rapid arrival when I was running out – very many thanks!

  13. wb.sp (verified owner)

    My initial impressions were that it was a bit too robust, lacking the finesse of my usual lapsang souchong. However, having now almost finished this batch I think it’s worth trying again in the future.

  14. Rosemary Wilkinson (verified owner)

    Service: Really excellent. My (lone) former supplier has just retired and since I have drunk no other tea but Formosan Lapsang for the last 30 years I was full of worries. However – all solved – Greys is just what it should be! Arrived rapidly and beautifully packed!

  15. Carol Jardine (verified owner)

    I’ve given it four stars as I haven’t had time to try it yet. I ‘m sure I won’t be disappointed as no other teas bought from you have let me down.

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