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2022 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

2022 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

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Pine-Smoked Wuyi Black Tea
This traditional tea absorbs the aroma of smoldering resinous pinewood for a powerful but balanced black tea with notes of toasted almond, apricot, rose, and of course, pine sap.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
Pine-Smoked Wuyi Black Tea
This traditional tea absorbs the aroma of smoldering resinous pinewood for a powerful but balanced black tea with notes of toasted almond, apricot, rose, and of course, pine sap.
Spring 2022 ♦ Wuyishan, Fujian
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Crafted by the Li Family

Hand-picked and traditionally hand-finished within the true Wuyishan Ecological Preserve on forested biodiverse, rocky, mountainous land for distinct Wuyi minerality.
 
The Li Family is an award-winning, highly respected force for sustainability, hand-firing craft, rare varietal preservation, and tea education in Wuyishan.
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Wuyishan Ecological PreserveWuyishan, 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.

  • true
    90
    smoked pine resin
    true
    100
    toasted almond, miso
    true
    75
    dried rose petals
    true
    45
    apricot
    true
    sparkling, cooling, sweet

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - smoked pine resin
    • savory - toasted almond, miso
    • floral - dried rose petals
    • fruit - apricot
    • texture - sparkling, cooling, sweet

the Li Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Mei Zhan Jin Black Tea
    2022 Mei Zhan Jin Black Tea

    Mei Zhan varietal is famous for its rich and focused fruit-forward oolong made from long skinny spring leaves. Recently, Mr. Li has been experimenting with a stand of his family’s iconic Mei Zhan in early spring when the plant puts out huge buds that are too delicate to withstand oolong processing. He personally leads the hand-picking of the Li Family Mei Zhan buds and brings them to the family home and workshop in Tongmu for Jin Jun Mei meticulous black tea hand-finishing. The slow oxidation in bamboo baskets brings out big savory notes and sweet rich honey and cream.

  2. 2022 Wuyi Gongfu Black
    2022 Wuyi Gongfu Black

    Li Xiangxi works with her brother and cousins in the Wuyi Ecological Preserve to harvest this propagated-from-seed Xiaozhong varietal leaf and process it using traditional heap oxidization techniques and curling to bring out the tea’s natural complexity. Grown on a hillside in a ravine that collects a pocket of natural mist all morning, the tea buds slowly, yielding an incredibly sweet brew. The tea picks up mineral texture from the rocky volcanic soil and the natural spring water running through the Li Family’s plot. Deeper complexity comes from the natural genetic variation of allowing their Xiaozhong tea to grow from seed instead of cuttings, creating a rich multi-layered taste experience.

  3. 2022 Jin Jun Mei
    2022 Jin Jun Mei
    Jin Jun Mei Wuyi black tea is one of the most labor intensive and demanding teas to produce. Fine Jin Jun Mei is made exclusively from tiny spring buds, and requires thousands and thousands of hand-picked golden buds to make a single pound of finished tea. The result is a downy tea with a thick full texture, and a beautiful elegance. Li Xiangxi's spring-fed tea grows out of rocky, sandy soil, yielding a rich mineral flavor true to Wuyishan's unique terroir.
  • '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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