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Authentic Lapsang Souchong Black Tea (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong)

                                Pinewood, Longan Fruit

It is the distinct smoky flavor of Lapsang Souchong that inspires the imagination and excites our memories—the cool transition from summer to fall with the change of leaves, a snifter of peated whiskey by the fireplace on a snowy day, an intimate gathering with friends over a campfire. The ease with which we can see such people and places as we sip this tea lends itself to a lasting impression we will never forget.

This world-famous tea is sourced from its true origin, Tong Mu Guan Village. Dating back to 1568, legend has it that this was the first black tea ever crafted. While many variants of Lapsang Souchong are available, few trace back to Tong Mu Guan, and fewer still are expertly hand-crafted using the traditional methods. What results is a well-balanced tea that does not overwhelm the palate with notes of carbon and ash; rather, this tea presents a delightful combination of wood and leather, as if one retreated for the weekend to a log cabin getaway, and it concludes with a fruity, sweet lasting finish.  Also a good choice for those that prefer milk in their tea. 


    a person standing in front of a mountain        a stone building   

Origin:                      Tong Mu Guan, Wuyi Mountains, China
Harvest:                    April 2017
Bush Varietal:          Local varietal (chai cha)
Caffeine level:         Medium

Tasting Profile

This tea is moderately smoked, very well-balanced between smokiness and fruity notes, with the classic longan fruit that accents a sweet finish. 

Steeping Guide

210oF, one heaping tbsp for 8 oz of spring/filtered water, 1-2 min, 3-4 steepings. We advise against the use of tap water as well as purified water.