Tea Sourcing - Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Classification: China Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong – Lightly smoked black tea
Origin: China, Fujian, Wuyi mountain, Tong Mu
Grade: Exquisite, Magnificent
Dry Leaves: Small twisted dark black tea leaves of even size with beautiful golden tips – very matte on surface and little hairy. Superb aroma of lychee, smoke and pine wood.
Infused Leaves: Greenish-brown, small and sleek leaves with an aroma of moist forest ground and gently dried pine wood.
Liquor: Clear and bright mandarin coloured liquor with beautiful greenish rim. Aroma of exotic wood with sweet & pine notes. Cup very smooth and mellow with rich deep oak bark taste and soft sweet dates, rose and fire. Amazingly balanced liquid with no astringency and hints of cardamom.
Wonderfully refreshing tea.

About: Zheng Shan is the original lightly smoked black tea. It is made of fine spring leaf and it's produce in protected, natural area deep in a mountain valley of the Wu Yi Shan, Tong Mu village and around. The leaf is essentially given a ‘cold smoking’ during processing, which gives this tea a lightly-smoked character while maintaining flavour. Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is produced in limited quantity each spring. It is beautiful, light and very refreshing.
(Classic “Tarry Lapsang Souchong” is a heavily smoked tea produced for export only and is made from “already made’ black tea (that is sent to the smoking sheds from other places in China) which is given a hot smoking to impart the thick tarry taste).