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2020 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

2020 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Sourced By the Li Xiangxi

Li Xiangxi's family works together in Tongmu applying their incredible skill at roasting to their spring-fed high mountain tea. Their proceeds go to teaching rural tea ceremony.
  • true
    80
    toasted chestnut, sticky rice
    true
    55
    camellia flower, marigold
    true
    40
    wild blueberry

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - toasted chestnut, sticky rice
    • floral - camellia flower, marigold
    • fruit - wild blueberry
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
    • TongmuWuyishan, Fujian
    • ELEVATION600 meters
    • Xingcun XiaozhongTea Varietal

    The earliest Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, (or Lapsang Souchong as it is commonly referred to in the West) was never deep-smoked. The smokiness was a natural and subtle addition that came from drying the leaves in a wok heated by pine wood. The smoke from the pine wood naturally mixed with the tea, creating a deeper and more foresty flavor that accentuated the tea's minerality. The Li Family preserves this old-school aesthetic with careful application of smoke from local resinous pine. The sweet, roasted quality of the smoke processing blends with the rich flavor of the tea to yield a dark fruity flavor, and bring front and center the mineral texture of the soil of Wuyi.


  • 'The wet leaf aroma is deceptively smokey, like a cozy campfire in a wet forest, but the initial sips reveal an elegant, balanced and sweet brew. Instead of deep smoke flavor, we tasted dried longyan (dragon eye fruit) and lychee, accented with pine'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    6
    205
    4 seconds
    3
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 205° watersteep 4 seconds
    add 3 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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