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Lapsang Souchong Black Tea - Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong


Lapsang Souchong Black Tea - Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Regular Price: £7.26

Now £6.45

Product code: 196

Quick Overview:

The first black tea in history. This fine black tea’s clear, bright orange liquor offers a uniquely woody aroma with subtle hints of fruit and flowers.

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Lapsang Souchong Highlights

  • Taste the world's very first black tea.
  • Freshly handpicked during this year's spring season.
  • Direct from the original region Tongmu.
  • No unpleasant smoky flavor. (Note: don't buy this tea, if you like smoky tea)

Smoked versus Non-smoked

From a processing perspective, there are two types of Lapsang Souchong (also known as 'Zhengshan Xiaozhong'): smoked and non-smoked. We don't want to hurt Lapsang Souchong tea lovers, but the fact is that mostly lower grade leaves are smoked to produce this black tea for export purposes. A good quality smoked Lapsang Souchong will depend more on the smoking process, while for a non-smoked version, the leaf quality will become more important. Nevertheless, if you love the aroma of smoked pine wood, then go for it, there's nothing wrong with that.

So what's authentic?

At Teasenz, the teas we select to offer in our store are guided by our single mission to offer the most authentic Chinese teas to the world. The dilemma that we were facing is that this black tea was originally produced for export purposes. So what is authentic? Eventually, we decided to offer you a Lapsang Souchong that tea lovers in China highly prefer and which we're very enthusiastic about. It's a non-smoked version of this tea consumed here in China, but not easily available abroad.

We're proud to present you this amazingly well-balanced Xiaozhong consisting out of delicate hand-picked leaves from this spring. It's carefully processed in the most authentic way under strict quality monitoring by experienced tea masters. Believe us, this tea so amazing that there is really no reason to cover the taste and aroma with a layer of smokiness. Why waste leaves that are naturally delicious?

Origin & legend

During the late Ming dynasty (1568) a group of soldiers were passing by Tongmu. Due to the chaos caused, the villagers had no time to process the leaves into green tea. The second day, the leaves were withered. In attempt to save the tea leaves, the farmers started to smoke it with pine wood.

By surprise, the villagers and soldiers loved the tea resulting from this improvised and innovative processing method. As a result, year after year the amount of orders increased and the villagers weren't able to keep up with the demand. Especially, when this tea was presented during an international trading fair in Fuzhou, it attracted many European traders. Zhengshan Xiaozhong eventually became a tribute tea to the royal court of United Kingdom.

Today, Tongmu is within the one of China's key national nature reserve and classified as a world heritage by UNESCO.

From which tea region is Lapsang Souchong Tea?

The Lapsang Souchong Tea is from the Wuyi region of the Chinese province of Fujian. The Wuyi Mountain is blessed by nature: mild weather with sufficient rainfall and sunlight and fertile soil, making it one of the most famous tea growing area in the world. Apart from the Lapsang Souchong, the Wuyi Mountains also produces other famous teas belong to the so called “Wuyi Cliff Family” of teas.

Tea Pairings: What food goes well with Lapsang Souchong?

Most tea enthousiasts will agree that this tea should be consumed without any snacks or dishes. When you would like to enjoy this tea with some snacks than different kinds of nuts and seeds are the most suitable as they have a fairly neutral taste. If you really would like to pair Lapsang Souchong with a real dish then go for curry and beef dishes. Other tip: avoid sweet dishes.

Additional Information

Steeping time 4 min
Steeping temperature 95 °C - 200 °F
Leaves per 500ml / 17oz teapot 2-5 gram
Tablespoons / 500ml (17 oz) 1 tbsp
Tea Year 2016
Tea Season Spring
Tea Caffeine Content high
Tea Region Wuyi Mountain
Tea Province Fujian
Gluten-free yes
Tea in Chinese 正山小种

Customer Reviews

Review by T-noob
This is one of my first adventures in not-mass-produced teas. There is a lot going on with the flavor. The aroma reminds me of malt extract from my beer making days. It threw me off for a second, but it is very pleasant. The taste is smoky with a hint of fruit on the back end, reminds me of dates. I'm not sure I will order more of it right away since I have more teas to explore, but I am glad I have it right now. (Posted on 9/15/2015)
Review by C
The leaves here are dark and twisty and do not smell smoky at all. In fact, I'm a little confused by the labeling of this tea as it tastes like.... Laoshan Black! Not quite exactly the same, as Laoshan Black has a slightly twistier leaf and also more oily black, but I think this sort of flavor is rare. The flavor is a lighter chocolate with hints of caramel, though I could have used two teaspoons to see if that works better. This type of flavor is always difficult for me to describe, but it is along the lines of Laoshan Black.. the flavor isn't very strong, with a lighter brew, but this isn't a tiny leaf tea. I know with every cup I steep up of teas like this, I love them more and more. Again, no smoke at all, so I think the name Lapsang Souchong might scare some away. Try a sample, as I think anyone could love this tea. (Posted on 8/17/2014)
Review by Marita
I love the smokiness of this tea. I brought this tea to work place and have let my co-workers try. Most of them didn't like it thought, which I really don't understand. I guess this is not the right to as a gift, cause it's a bit risky for beginning tea drinkers. I would highly recommend it though to more experienced tea drinkers who want to try out a different taste. (Posted on 1/13/2013)
Review by Robert
This lapsang souchong is a little bit more delicate and floral than the others that I have tried from other stores. A good choice for those we are looking for a more accessible lapsang souchong or for those who want to try the lapsang souchong for the first time. (Posted on 1/13/2013)
Review by Allessandro
I bought this after reading about it elsewhere online, and don't regret that I did. It's indeed very smoky but I'm accustomed to that taste and appreciate it. (Posted on 1/13/2013)

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