Lapsang Souchong – Tongmu Reserve

Lapsang Souchong – Tongmu Reserve


A rare lot from the origin of Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, or Lapsang Souchong, this elegant tea was harvested and produced in Tongmu Village. It’s difficult to gain access to this remote, government-protected area in Fujian Province, but we were fortunate to visit a stunning mountaintop farm here in spring 2017. 

The leaves undergo a unique processing method—withering in a smokehouse, spread on bamboo mats above smoldering local Chinese red pine—then a repeated sequence of rolling and firing. Considered to be the first style of black tea ever made, this traditional version is beautifully balanced, in stark contrast to the mass-produced commodities of the same name. Here, a subtle smokiness complements deep fruit and floral notes, rather than covering the essence of the tea. Notes of cranberry and a pleasant resinous aroma grow with each infusion; savor it through many steeps.

Country: China
Region: Fujian
Tasting Notes: lilac, cranberry, pine
Production Date: Spring 2017

2 oz

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