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 Tie Guan Yin was grown in Anxi County, Fujian, and it was finished in Taiwan by a specialist in the art of oolong roasting. The ball-rolled leaves are a brown-tinged deep forest green with a lightly woody-sweet fragrance. When infused, they produce a honey colored liquor with aromas of dried fruit and toasted grain. The medium bodied infusion presents a flavor of lightly roasted/caramelized sweet barley with a pronounced fruitiness reminiscent of dried stonefruit (peaches, plums, etc) and a remarkably sweet, fruity and lingering aftertaste.
These vividly green, hand-picked & meticulously processed leaves
produce a full bodied, golden-amber liquor with a vividly floral "high
aroma that is uniquely pronounced in Winter harvest teas. The infusion
is rich and mouth coating, and notes of sweet baby green vegetables,
dried flowers & very light caramel come through beautifully in the
The woody, musk-scented dry leaves are a mix of dark, coppery browns
with an abundance of silvery-gold buds. When infused, the leaves produce
a crystal clear, reddish amber liquor with a woody, musky, lightly
floral nose. The pleasantly brisk infusion is medium bodied with
balanced astringency and a bittersweet finish featuring hints of
muscatel, stonefruit and dried flowers.