Lapsang Souchong – Tongmu Reserve

$36.00
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A rare lot from the origin of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, or Lapsang Souchong, this elegant tea was produced in Tongmu Village. It’s difficult to gain access to this remote, government-protected area in Fujian Province, but we were fortunate to visit a stunning mountaintop farm here in spring 2017. 

The leaves undergo a unique processing method—withering in a smokehouse, spread on bamboo mats above smoldering local Chinese red pine—then a repeated sequence of rolling and firing. Considered to be the first style of black tea ever made, this traditional version is beautifully balanced, in stark contrast to the mass-produced commodities of the same name. Here, a subtle smokiness complements deep fruit and floral notes, rather than covering the essence of the tea. Notes of cranberry and a pleasant resinous aroma grow with each infusion; savor it through many steeps.

Country: China
Region: Fujian Province
Tasting Notes: lilac, cranberry, pine
Harvest Season: Summer 2019

2 oz

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Brew temperature 210º F

Western style brewing 3-5 grams, 3 minute steep

Gaiwan style brewing ¼ full, 1 minute steep

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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M
M.B.

Probably my favorite black tea at the moment. Has a light but deep caramel sweetness and definite, but not overpowering, smokiness. Relatively little of the astringent/tannic character of a “breakfast” type tea. Just enough to round out the cup.

D
D.P.

A truly fabulous tea - has the smokiness characteristic of a Lapsang, but still allows other flavors to shine through. Has been a huge hit in my housebound-by-COVID-19 family.

P
P.W.

A special gift to a friend.

C
C.

Good, with more subtle (than for the English taste) and pleasant smoke notes, but quite pricey.

M
M.D.

First, not a bad tea, just not what I was expecting from a Lapsang...smell is smoky and mellow, but the smoke largely (in my opinion, entirely) disappears once steeped, especially when compared with most Lapsangs. Resulting flavor is more akin to a black tea than a Lapsang. Again, not a bad tea, just not a Lapsang.

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your feedback! This version of lapsang is the original, older style- and as it is only naturally infused with smoke, the taste will indeed be subtler than others that often utilize synthetic smoke flavoring. We do offer a more intensely smoked version (called just Lapsang Souchong), if that's more to your preference.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
60%
(3)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
M
M.B.

Probably my favorite black tea at the moment. Has a light but deep caramel sweetness and definite, but not overpowering, smokiness. Relatively little of the astringent/tannic character of a “breakfast” type tea. Just enough to round out the cup.

D
D.P.

A truly fabulous tea - has the smokiness characteristic of a Lapsang, but still allows other flavors to shine through. Has been a huge hit in my housebound-by-COVID-19 family.

P
P.W.

A special gift to a friend.

C
C.

Good, with more subtle (than for the English taste) and pleasant smoke notes, but quite pricey.

M
M.D.

First, not a bad tea, just not what I was expecting from a Lapsang...smell is smoky and mellow, but the smoke largely (in my opinion, entirely) disappears once steeped, especially when compared with most Lapsangs. Resulting flavor is more akin to a black tea than a Lapsang. Again, not a bad tea, just not a Lapsang.

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your feedback! This version of lapsang is the original, older style- and as it is only naturally infused with smoke, the taste will indeed be subtler than others that often utilize synthetic smoke flavoring. We do offer a more intensely smoked version (called just Lapsang Souchong), if that's more to your preference.