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Wild Lapsang Souchong

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Black Tea from China
$21.00

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.

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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.

Harvest: 28.04.2018

Cultivar: Wuyi Qizhong

Tea Master: Ms Chen

Grown and produced in Tong Mu village located in the Wuyi Mountain region where this style of tea originated. Harvested from spring-fed wild tea trees whose flavours are true to Wuyi Shan's terroir in which it grows.

Elevation: 1,200m

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

Brewing & Storage

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

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