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Heritage Edition Lapsang Souchong (non smoky)
Heritage Edition Lapsang Souchong


According to the written record, teas have been produced in Fujian Province for well over 1,600 years. Growers currently produce five different categories of tea most of which originated in the province.

Heritage Edition Lapsang Souchong*:

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A traditional twist on a Western favorite: the black tea zheng shan xiao zhong (known in the West as lapsang souchong) comes from Fujian province's Wu Yi mountains, the same origin as the great yan cha oolongs. While Western tea drinkers associate this tea with the taste of tarry pine smoke favored for export production, the Chinese original wasn't smoky. We've gotten our hands on a heritage edition where the focus is on the tea's cocoa-like notes. Hints of fruit emerge as the infusion cools. With the smoke removed a subtle palate can also detect the distinctive yan yun, or rock character, that zheng shan xiao zhong shares with yan cha. Flavorful, accessible, and a great companion for hearty winter food, this tea will redefine your assumptions about lapsang souchong.

Infuse approximately 4 grams in near-boiling water for 1-2 minutes, to taste. May be prepared in a gaiwan, gong fu style, or in a Western teapot.

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Heritage Edition Lapsang Souchong December 15, 2014
Reviewer: David Baltzer from St Louis, MO United States  
This is the real thing, prepared by hand. Rare. Thank you, Roy!

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My 3rd favorite black tea August 19, 2013
Reviewer: Dennis Emberling from Littleton, CO United States  
After Yunnan Royal/Imperial Gold & Superior Yunnan Black, this is my favorite black. It's also designated (in Chinese) as Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong.

It's very flavorful, smooth, and not at all smoky. At $30 per quarter pound, it's not too expensive for regular drinking. A bargain.

I like it with 2-1/2 tsp. per 5 oz. at 185 F for 3 minutes.

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