The small, evenly sized, deep reddish-black dry leaves of this Zheng
Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) carry a moderate but distinctive
aroma of pine smoke, due to its unique drying process that utilizes
charcoal made from the wood of pine trees. The infusion is a perfectly
clear, deep red-brown with a distinctively smoky and subtly fruity nose.
In the cup, it presents an excellent balance between the very low
astringency, fruity black tea base and the unmistakable smokiness that
has made this tea a favorite in the West since the beginning of the
black tea trade.
This exceptional oolong tea is comprised of long, twisted deep
greenish-black leaves with a tart, flowery aroma. When infused, it
produces a beautifully clear light amber liquor with notes of tropical
flowers and aromatic wood. The infusion is marked by vividly flowery and
woody-sweet flavors against a mild but assertive bittersweet background
with moderate astringency and a lingering orchidy-floral aftertaste.
The dry leaves are long, twisted and dark reddish-brown with olive green
undertones and a mildly roasted aroma. The beautifully clear,
reddish-amber infusion features a markedly fruity aroma that is
best appreciated by using an aroma cup, but, if aroma cups are not
available, be sure to at least enjoy the fragrance left behind on the
lid of your gaiwan after decanting. The full-bodied liquor is rich,
roasty, & woody-sweet with an impressive minarality and intense
fruitiness in the long lasting finish.
This Mi Lan Dan Cong is comprised of long, beautifully twisted deep greenish-black
leaves with a light aroma of toasted grain. When infused, the light amber
liquor has, as the name "Mi Lan Xiang" (honey orchid aroma) suggests, an
aroma reminiscent of honey and orchids. In the cup, the medium to full
bodied infusion delivers bittersweet, woody, honey, floral, roasted
grain and dried-fruit flavors against the backdrop of a pleasingly
assertive but not biting astringency. The bittersweet, floral elements
build steadily sip after sip into the gloriously long-lasting finish for
which Fenghuang Oolongs are so prized.