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Wild Tongmu Smoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Wild Tongmu Smoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

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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
    85
    cream, cookie dough
    true
    70
    sauna wood, pine embers
    true
    65
    roasted chestnut
    true
    55
    lychee
    true
    40
    vanilla

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - cream, cookie dough
    • spice - sauna wood, pine embers
    • savory - roasted chestnut
    • fruit - lychee
    • floral - vanilla
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2017
    • Tongmu Wuyi
    • ELEVATION600 meters
    • Xingcun XiaozhongTea Varietal

    Wild Tongmu Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is picked one bud at a time, entirely by hand, and entirely by native residents living within the reserve. The tea plants are wildly propagated by seed, and are left untended. This natural selection creates genetic variation and diversity between each standalone tea bush. Each bush grows between one and three meters high, and grows out of cracks in the volcanic rock of the Tongmu mountains. Li Xiangxi’s parents manage the family’s local pine wood collection and select and dry each piece of wood perfectly to minimize actual smoke and maximize the release of oils and resins, yielding the most subtle smoked tea we have ever tasted. The smoke flavor adds a rich creaminess along with deep cooling forest notes, and almost no actual smoke flavor. Tongmu is a tiny region that has been designated for special protection and recognition. Non-residents are not allowed into the preserve without special approval and sponsorship from a resident. The region of Tongmu is unique within the Wuyishan region for its volcanic rock formations, and extremely thick vegetation coverage and biodiversity. Nestled along either bank upstream of the Jiuqu (Nine Bends) Brook, the mountains create a unique microclimate, perfect for many species of birds and a healthy ecosystem. Mountain spring water springs out of the ground and runs down every slope, and the rocky land and cold weather make for slow-growing but singularly incredible tea.


  • 'The farmer prepared a cup in silence, his heart racing as he offered the tea. The trader scrutinized the color, smelled the tea and looked bewildered. He took a sip and jumped. “What is this?” Before the farmer could respond, he declared “I love it! Nobody has ever tried anything like this before.” To the farmer’s surprise and delight, the Dutch trader – sure of his success – even asked to pay triple for his favorite new tea.'

  • 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.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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