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.
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.
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 tea is comprised of reddish-brown, loosely ball rolled leaves with a
mild, woody aroma. When infused, it produces a reddish amber liquor
with the woody & plummy aromas common to moderately aged oolong tea.
The medium bodied infusion has a nice fruit-tinged peaty/aged flavor
that balances nicely against elements of aromatic wood and dried fruit.
The finish is peaty & sweet with elements of dried plums and moist,
sweet pipe tobacco.