Red tea : Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong

Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong

Fujian Province
Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong
Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong
The Xiao Zhong kind of red tea is a special tea category which Fujian province is famous with. Zhen Shan Xiao Zhong kind is the most rare. When smoked and fired it is smoke-dried over pinewood fire (china fir roots) to the end that the tea obtains a resinous pine aroma. This kind is known in the west as Lapsang Souchong (a double optional transcription (from Chinese into English , from English into Russian) of the chinese traditional name of this tea kind – Lao Sung Xiao Zhong (an Old Pine)). The plantations cover the north part of Wu Yi Shan mountain range at the height of 1000-15000 meters above sea level in exceptionally favourable natural habitat. When smoked and fired newly picked young tight buds with pulpy leaves, rich in various aromatic and flavoring substances, are smoke-dried over pinewood fire (china fir roots) to the end that the tea obtains a resinous pine aroma. Tight pulpy dark glittering tealeaves rolled in the shape of strips turn by brewing into a saturated orange-red infusion, fulfilled with a gentle aroma with a light noble touch of smoke, resin and bark and with a pure delicate palate that has a smack of longan and a rich smoked note. The infusion is easy to drink, stirring up a wish to taste it over and over again.