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2023 Old Bush Lapsang Souchong

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Black Tea from China
$17.00

A fresh yet decadent tea liquor that has a long-lasting sweet finish.

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A fresh yet decadent tea liquor that has a long-lasting sweet finish. A complex nose of sweet berries, honey and a floral bouquet. We recommend drinking this tea slowly and reverently as old tea bushes leave a wonderful mellow feeling when enjoyed in this way.

Our Lapsang Souchong is a native wild tea plucked from a century old tea bush in the Wuyishan National Nature Reserve. It is the first time this tea has been shared with me and I couldn’t help getting a small amount in to share due to its unique taste and beautiful drinking experience.  

Despite the name Lapsang Souchong being tied to a smoked tea, this tea is unsmoked.

Origin: Gua Duan Village of Tong Mu Guan

Flavour profile: Full-bodied | Berries | Honey

Processing highlights: This tea is plucked from bushes over 100 years old. The tea trees roots through to the tea stem are covered in green moss and is harvested from the original ecological mountain of the Wuyishan National Park. Old tea bushes yield small quantities of tea leaves making this a precious and memorable tea.

Harvest: 15.05.2023

Cultivar: Wuyi Cai Cha Cultivar

Tea Master: Ms Chen

Wuyi Shan is a mountainous area that is naturally protected and provides favourable growing conditions. The region has relatively high humidity levels, high rainfall and fog is common.

Tea has been produced in Fujian province for well over 1,600 years. Fujian produces five different categories of tea, most of which originated in the province.

Elevation: 1,200m

A delightful and surprising black tea that provides a syrupy coating to the mouth and drinks all the way back into the throat. It leaves a long-lasting fresh sweetness. A complex taste that is reminiscent of blackberry, potato, lily and honey.

Highly recommend small tea pot brewing and enjoying over a number of infusions.

Leaf appearance: Large long-leaf strip style similar to Wuyi Yancha (rock oolong)

Aroma: A sweet aroma reminiscent of blackberry, potato and honey 

Liquor colour: Golden honey

Brewing & Storage

Store in an airtight container away from light, heat and moisture. 

Brewing Method Amount Temperature Time Infusions
Western 2-3g / 150mL 95˚C-100˚C 3.5 mins 2-3
Gong Fu Cha 4-6g / 100mL 95˚C-100˚C First brew: 20s Subsequent: 25-50s 5*
Cold Brew 6g / 500mL Refrigerate Overnight (approximately 8hrs) 1