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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.
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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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I’d already tried a few other brands of Lapsang smoky tea and liked them all, so I was anxious to experience Teavivre’s variation on this familiar theme. Bring it on! Upon opening the two-cup sample package of full tea leaves, my nostrils immediately detected the smoky aroma that I remembered from the other Lapsang smoky selections. However, this scent was not nearly as powerful as the other brands had been. In accordance with Teavivre’s instructions, I steeped the tea at 195 degrees (the instructions specified 194 degrees but my tea maker is not quite that precise – close enough!) for two minutes. The brewed liquid was a light golden color. A slightly smoky aroma was emitted from my cup. At first sip, the smoky taste was definitely obvious but it did not slap me silly like the other brands. The other selections gave me flashbacks of sitting by a campfire. With my second sip, I contemplated whether the more subtle smoky quality was a good or bad thing. But…then it happened. A mellow and sweet taste began to emerge from the smoke. The extra flavors added an interesting complexity that I hadn’t experienced with this type before. The aftertaste of this tea was complex, mellow, and sweet without bitterness. The smokiness was discernible but did not scream for attention. I like this selection very much. I realize now that, with tea (like other things in life), what you are used to is not always the best, and more is not always better. This tea has everything that you would expect and desire in a Lapsang Souchong smoky black tea, and so much more, without shouting. This blend should be savored, not gulped! This review was originally published on Steepster by Stoo in April, 2013. TeaVivre has added this whole review here by getting permission from Stoo.
a great black tea! i love the campfire like taste :D like eating hotdogs cooked over a campfire
If you had told me a few years ago that I would grow to love smokey teas, I’m not sure I would have agreed. They used to kind of freak me out, but now I love them. Sometimes I like to sweeten them, which brings out a deep caramelized flavor. Yum! Right now I’m drinking this one plain, & it is very satisfying. I’d like to try it with Maple…if I could just get myself to get up off the couch & walk to the kitchen…ok, I did it, & OMG this is tasty! This review was originally published on Steepster by Terri HarpLady in November, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Terri HarpLady.
I'm unsure of how to best review this tea. When compared against all teas, or even just other black teas, it won't ever be at the top of my list. But that's only really because of how strongly unique it is. I'm not sure it really should be compared to other blacks, as the taste is so completely different. Brewing and drinking this tea is like sitting in a campfire. If ever I wish to be reminded of autumn, of fall colours and cool weather, I need only this tea.
Ahh, it was a great breakfast with Lapsang. All my food (sandwiches, mostly) tastes like smoke after the first cup, it’s amazing! Love this :) Steeped it long this time, really thick and heavy smoke taste, like I wanted. See my previous notes about this tea too. This review was originally published on Steepster by Vortegne in December, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Vortegne.
Reviewed this product before, it has become of one the constant teas I keep at home.
Best Lapsang Souchong i bought yet
This week I’ve been revisiting some tea’s. A few have been tucked away for awhile and this one was in a little orange tin sitting inside my Teavivre bin (in a closed cupboard). Lapsang Souchong is usually my culinary tea. I cook with it quite a bit for smoky rubs and steamed veggies. It creates and nice BBQ smell in the house that I like better than cauliflower, broccoli or steaming brussel sprouts. This morning I thought I’d just drink it as TEA. (What a novel idea) I made a cup using my Finum basket and steeped the leaves just over a minute which was just right. Not too strong, not bitter and smooth. My other Lapsang Souchong is stronger and sweeter than this one, but I do like Teavivre’s for how smooth it is to drink. The astringency is low and the smokiness won’t knock you down like some LS’s out there. I’d keep this one around JUST for drinking. It isn’t strong enough for a culinary LS. Not smoky enough. I challenge anyone who has never tried a Lapsang Souchong to venture out and try some. Experiment with it. Blend a little with other tea’s to create a smoky blend or add a little to a t-sac when steaming veggies. Read the story of how Lapsang Souchong came about in China…it’s a great little story. I would think this would be the drink when watching Grimm or Ever After or a Fairy Tale with woods and dark misty marshy things. This review was originally published on Steepster by Bonnie in August, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Bonnie.
Received in 2012 as a free sample; steeped up sometime in late 2012. It's been almost a year since I last brewed this up. All I remember is that, of the many different "smoky" Lapsangs I've had, this was a good one.
Free sample from Teavivre It’s a wet and windy day here. It’s raining stair rods and I find myself looking for something to brighten the day up. Most of the samples I have are oolongs and green teas, and that did not suit my mood. Fortunately, Teavivre must have seen today coming because they packed me up with this Lapsang Souchong. Opening the bag I am greeted by a beautiful and not overwhelming smoky aroma. Hmm, smoky bacon crisps I think. It’s definitely a meaty smell and the tea is the same: smoky, sweet with a slightly sour aftertaste that perfectly complements the other flavours. Three steeps in and I am still getting all of this. It reminds me of camping and cooking over an open fire. I like this lapsang souchong. It does not blow me away with the range and depth of flavours. It does give me a sense of a reliable tea that will always bring comforting thoughts of open fires and sleeping under the stars. The flavours are very well balanced so there is enough depth to keep it interesting too. Good one, Teavivre.
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