Lapsang Souchong – Tongmu Reserve

$35.50
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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 6 reviews
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Ward B.
A very special Lapsang Souchong

This was a milder tea in the can, and not as smoky as the normal Lapsang, but once in the cup it was very rich with fruity and floral notes not normally found in this kind of tea.

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Michael 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.

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David 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.

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Peter W.

A special gift to a friend.

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Customer

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

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Matthew T.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 6 reviews
67%
(4)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
W
Ward B.
A very special Lapsang Souchong

This was a milder tea in the can, and not as smoky as the normal Lapsang, but once in the cup it was very rich with fruity and floral notes not normally found in this kind of tea.

M
Michael 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
David 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
Peter W.

A special gift to a friend.

C
Customer

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

M
Matthew T.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.