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2021 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

2021 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

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Crafted by the Li Family

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.
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    sandalwood incense, campfire
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    pine sap, toasted almond
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    juniper
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    violet
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    vaporous, tingling

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - sandalwood incense, campfire
    • savory - pine sap, toasted almond
    • fruit - juniper
    • floral - violet
    • texture - vaporous, tingling
    • 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.



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  • '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'

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    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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