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Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong
Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong
Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong
Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong
Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong

Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong

One River Tea

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Tea: Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong (Zhongshan Xiaozhong)

Type: Tongmuguan Black Tea (hongcha)

Cultivar: Xiaozhong

Harvest:  May, 2021

Region: Masu Village, Tongmuguan, Fujian

Producer: Zhang Family

The large leaves of this old bush Lapsang Souchong are sugary sweet to the smell.  Made in the new production method (without smoke) the natural spicy sweetness of this tea shines through.  When warmed, the leaves smell like cinnamon stewed fruit with other mulling pieces in the mix.  The brew is a rich amber, and the mouthfeel is thick and comfortable.  The tea has a deep body that is mineral rich and full of layers that bloom and develops throughout the session.  In lieu of the pine-smoke undernotes of the traditionally processed Lapsang Souchong, this unsmoked Lapsang has a clean, sweet baked huigan that lingers at the back of the throat.

As is characteristic of the Masu Village black teas, the leaves are large and rough.  This is a point of pride in the hundred year plus history of tea production in this village, their teas are identifiable at a glance.  The Masu village is located 1250 meters above the main Tongmuguan, and is a very small and isolated village.  The Zhang family has been producing Zhongshan Xiaozhong (Lapsang Souchong) for more than 5 generations, and every member of the family  is trained in the processing (sons and daughters both).  This region, the village, the farmers, producers, and makers check every one of our sourcing tea boxes.

Check out all the offerings from the Zhang family, and watch the youtube video about our sourcing trip and their production methods!

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SB
12/20/2021
Sam B.
United States United States

Absolutely delicious red tea!

What a delight. This tea is so friggin delicious! For me, the flavor reminds me of a great quality Taiwanese high-mountain red oolong/black tea. It has the malty, sweetness of black tea, but it has ZERO bitterness or astringency. It is smooth and full of SWEET grapes, red berries, and cinnamon flavor. I could honestly drink this all day, every day. The tea is also pretty forgiving in brewing parameters - you can push it pretty far without extracting any astringency.