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After de-enzyming, the fresh tea leaves of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) will be smoked with pine wood. For this special manufacture, tea leaves after smoking will present the color of dark brown, and the soup will be bright deep red.Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) used pine wood or pine charcoal from Tongmu kuan in Wuyi mountain as materials. Because black tea has a strong capability of absorption, while pine charcoal will release plenty of smoke when burning. So the Lapsang Souchong, produced by hands and machines, has a heavy flavor of smoked and pine, which is suitable for people who prefer strong flavor.
Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) is an excellent black tea with a history over 400 years. We can even call it the originator of black tea. Xingcun Village used to be the planting centre of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. Accordingly, Lapsang Souchong was also called “Xingcun Souchong” in history.
Black teas contain antioxidants, which help in the prevention of some cancers and help reduce the affects of aging that is caused by free radicals. They can also reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks due to natural chemicals that reduce cholesterol.
Lapsang Souchong is the alternate name of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. Based on the strong absorbing ability of balck tea, we use pine charcoal as fuel so that lots of smoke will be absorbed in the tea leaves when burning those charcoal. Thus a heavy smoky flavor could be brought into the teas. The smoky flavor comes from a mixture of fresh tea leaves’ fragrance and pine charcoal smell.
Lapsang Souchong Black Tea (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) is tightly strip shaped, dark smooth color. Soup presents a color of heavy red. Aroma is high and long with a flavor of pine smoke, tastes mellow and thick.
Teavivre choose this Lapsang Souchong from Wuyi mountain in Fujian province. In Chinese culture, Lapsang Souchong has the true significance of Souchong (Xiao Zhong) black tea that produced in high mountains. Wuyi mountain lies in the northwest of Fujian province. It is not only a tourist attractions, but also the historic origin of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. Government has set up rules clarifying that the origin place of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is between 117°38′6′′E to 117°44′30′′E, 27°41′35′′N to 27° 49′N, an area of 50 square kilometers. We can say that only black teas from Wuyi mountain can be called as Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong.
Lapsang Souchong (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) use premium Da Bai Hao (Pekoe) tea tree in Fujian. This tea tree belongs to clonal propagation, small tree type, mainly distributes in the east of tea area in Fujian. Plant height is tall, which could reach at 2 meters. Fresh leaves of spring tea contains 4.37% of amino-acid and 16.2% of tea polyphenols, is a superior material for making tea.
Lapsang Souchong has a long history of planting. In 1970s it has been spread to European and north American. However, due to the frequent wars, the numbers of production decreased gradually, and almost disappeared in 1949. It was not recovered and redeveloped until 1950s, with a highest annual output around 20 thousands picul (1 picul = 50 kilograms). Lapsang Souchong (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) showed a brand new look to customers all around the world.
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The classic taste, a good balance of basic tea taste & smokiness.
Although I also also love the lighter smoked varieties, this one also entered the list of tea I want to constantly store.
Thank you Angel of Teavivre for this sample.
I admit I was wary to try this tea. It is one of those teas that people either love or hate, and I wasn’t sure where I’d fall in the mix. Turns out I am a fan. There is a wonderful smokiness that is present in smell and taste, but it does not dominate the tea. There are also sweet notes (honey maybe?) and hints of fruit. Wow, this it’s really good!
This is the fourth Teavivre sample I’ve tried, and I can see myself purchasing each one. I can’t say this makes me sad. :)
This review was originally published on Steepster by Veronica on December, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Veronica.
Another knockout hit for TeaVivre! SWEET!
The dry tea smells exactly like a campfire in the middle of autumn. It feels and smells like roasting hot dogs on a fire, making smores, and everything wonderful about the autumn season.
This tea is insanely good! It gives the impression of a regular tea at first sip and then envelops your tastebuds in a primal smoky flavor that lingers in your mouth well after the liquid goes down your throat. This is my first smoked tea (although a blend I had previously had a hint of Lapsang in it if I recall correctly) and I love it.
I’ve heard from many people here that Lapsang is essentially a hit or miss tea for anyone that tries it. This is without a doubt a homerun for me, a tea that I must get very soon.
A tea with smoky, woody, aroma. One of the better Lapsong Souchongs I've had.
I'll probably order this again.
My Dad bought this for me for Christmas as part of Teavivre’s Black tea sampler, and we tried it for the first time yesterday afternoon. It was the first time I’ve tried any Lapsang Souchong…ever. Wow is it ever smoky! I shared it with my Dad who had also never tried it before, and he said it reminded him of smoked salmon. He enjoyed it more with a touch of milk and sugar, whereas I liked it without anything added.
As I mentioned in my last tealog, I’ve been drinking nothing but honeybush for the last week or so. I’m not sure how much caffeine is in this tea, but it definitely kept me awake last night. Perhaps I’m not used to caffeine anymore. At the best of times I’m quite caffeine sensitive, so maybe it won’t affect others the way that it affected me. In the future I’ll have to be sure to only drink this one before 2pm. thankfully, today is a fairly low-key day. I’m just filling out a few forms for work, doing laundry, and a little later I’ll be going over to my Dad’s house for my step-sister’s bon voyage dinner. Her visits always seem too short :(
I do enjoy this tea, and I can see it becoming a “once in a blue moon” kind of treat that I would get in sample sizes and get really excited whenever I make it. If you’ve never tried Lapsang Souchong and you enjoy the taste of smoked foods I suggest checking it out. It strikes me as a tea that I would enjoy cooking with. hmmmm…perhaps I will peruse other tealogs…I always find great ideas from fellow Steepsterites
This review was originally published on Steepster by canadianadia on February January, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from canadianadia .
I gave this 5 stars as it is a great tea for what it is. I got this as a free sampler - just personally do not like this kind of smoky tea at all. Smoke flavour stayed in my teapot and I had to scrub it. For people who are into that kind of flavour - great choice.
This tea is strong, smoky, piney and, in my opinion, delicious. Worth trying at least once just to experience it.
Having this one again today. I made it with extra leaf and a minute steep on purpose. I wanted see what would happen. Having my fear of lapsang conquered – they don’t all taste like ashtrays! – its time to abuse this tea and see how it reacts. It passes with flying colors. The smoke aromatic but not overwhelming. It is sweet and reminds me of bacon. It does not mask the tea base. The base is fruity. There is no bitterness even over steeped. I wish I had read the other reviews. There is another element to the base I don’t know how to describe. It is kind of earthy wood or nut. Anyway ready to commit – this is quite good.
This review was originally published on Steepster by K S on February 4, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from K S.
Silky, smokey and full of mystery. Everything I love about these teas. I find this one great with food as the smoked bacon profile that this tea has is in the forefront. Delicious. A bold and fortifying cup with a nice soft touch coming in when the smoke clears...
We Love Lapsang Souchong, It is mt Husbands favorite. He says this one is one of the best he has had, no atringency with a very smooth and smokey flavor. This is a must have for Lapsang Souchong fans :) Great Tea!
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