Lapsang Souchong – Tongmu Reserve

$36.00
| /

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

--

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
60%
(3)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
M
M.B.
D
D.P.
P
P.W.
C
C.
M
M.D.
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.