This latte will give you an excellent contrast of flavors. This latte uses strong, full-bodied Chinese black Tea known for its smokey flavor. This smoky maple latte was created to be a way to enjoy some lapsang souchong, which I had wanted for a while. It quickly became a favorite for cold nights. I love sweetening with pure maple syrup, as you may have seen in my matcha and hojicha recipe. Simple additions of sweet maple syrup and creamy milk soften the solid smoky flavor of the Tea. This combination is simply divine. This tea latte will delight you with its sweet and smoky flavors.

What is Lapsang Suuchong?

Lapsang Souchong, a Chinese black tea from China’s Fujian Province, is known as Lapsang Souchong. It was created in the 16th century and is the first black Tea.

Lapsang Souchong’s distinctive campfire aroma is what makes it so unique. The tea leaves are dried on a pinewood fire.

This Tea may not suit you if you don’t like smoky flavors. There is a version that you can make with this Tea. It isn’t smoky and will change how you view lapsang souchong. This tea latte recipe requires smoked lapsang souchong black Tea.

Although I don’t enjoy lapsang souchong, I can tolerate and love it! Make a latte using real Maple syrup. The maple syrup softens the solid smoky flavor.

Lapsang Souchong is a favorite recipe to use with. This Tea is excellent for making coconut “bacon,” tea umami, or old-fashioned and smoky tea hot cocoa.

Lapsang Souchong Tea: Where can I buy it?

Some Lapsang Souchong blacks can be too spicy. These are the options I recommend because they are easy to use and what I have used previously for this latte. (affiliate links)

Smoky Maple Tea Latte

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Here’s what you need:

One tablespoon Lapsang Souchong black Tea

1/2 cup hot water ~ 95 degrees Celsius

1 Tablespoon pure Maple syrup

1/4 cup milk

Additional maple syrup and tea leaves can be used as a garnish.


1. Lapsang Souchong black Tea is added to a tea Infuser. Let steep for 5 minutes. Cover and let cool.

2. After the Tea has been brewed, heat the milk and froth it. It is a very inexpensive handheld mixer that does a great job. To froth the milk, heat it in a saucepan.

You can use an electric frother if you have one. You can also simmer the milk and use a kitchen whisk to whisk it vigorously. Although the foam won’t be fluffy or cloudy, it is a good substitute!

3. After the Tea has been steeped, strain the leaves. Stir in the maple syrup.

4. Serve the smoky maple syrup with the frothed milk. Optional garnish: drizzle maple syrup over the top of your latte. Next, add a few lapsang souchong tea leaves to the latte and crush them.


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Smoky Maple Tea Latte

yield: Cook time 5 MINUTES Total time: 5 MINUTES

This tea latte offers a unique smoky-sweet contrast. It uses a strong, full-bodied Chinese Black Tea. It is known for its campfire-like flavor and pure maple syrup.


  • 1 cup Lapsang Souchong black Tea, loose Leaf
  • 1/2 cup hot water, ~ 95 degrees Celsius
  • One tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Additional maple syrup and tea leaves can be used as a garnish.


  1. 1. Lapsang Souchong black Tea is added to a tea infuser. Let steep for 5 minutes. Cover and let cool.
  2. 2. When the Tea is still steeping, heat the milk over the stovetop and whisk the mixture for 30 seconds with a handheld mixer. You can also use a steamer/electric milk frother/steamer instead. You can also whisk warm milk in a saucepan by hand if you don’t own one of these devices.
  3. 3. After the Tea has been steeped, strain the leaves. Pure maple syrup ( real stuff only) should be added to the tea leaves.
  4. 4. Add the frothed milk to the smoky maple syrup. Sprinkle maple syrup over the latte. Enjoy!

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