This wild grown Lapsang Souchong (also known as Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) is smooth and complex with a distinct fruitiness, reminiscent of grapes and stonefruit, with notes of wood and a floral undertone. The mouthfeel is full and the finish is long and sweet.
Over the next 6 months this tea will develop a beautiful ripened peach flavour.
The Chen family has been producing the more familiar pine smoked version of Lapsang Souchong (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) for many years. Since 2000 new techniques and domestic tea preferences have seen a shift towards the production of unsmoked Lapsang Souchong.
We have only been introduced to this style of tea over the past 2 years and noted that the 2018 tea is quite spectacular with its fruity and floral flavour.
Origin: Tong Mu Guan, Fujian province, China
Flavour profile: Velvety | Fruity | Floral
Processing highlights: Our Lapsang Souchong is oxidised by placing the leaves in a basket with a wet cloth placed over the top. The baskets are placed in a warm room and slowly oxidised over a period of 4-5 hours until the tea is around 80% oxidised. The tea is subsequently pan-fried over high temperature to dry and finish the tea.
Cultivar: Wuyi Qizhong
Tea Master: Ms Chen
A refined, complex red tea that has a well-balanced fruity and floral profile that combine for a sweet finish and a rich, creamy mouthfeel.
Our Lapsang Souchong will pair well with meats, cheese, pastries and chocolate.
Try this with a dessert cheeseboard with dried muscatels and figs or with a bitter chocolate tart.
Leaf appearance: Long elongated brown-black twisted needles
Aroma: A sweet aroma reminiscent of strawberries, sweet potato, hazelnuts and a floral bouquet.
Liquor colour: Golden-red