Smoked Lapsung Suchong
Varietal: Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong
Harvest: April 2021
Picking: Bud and top two leaves
Know your tea: This is a premium Lapsang Souchong (smoked Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) black tea harvested from old plantation bushes in the Wu Yi area of Fujian. The tea was expertly processed and then smoked using cured pine and oak wood to impart a unique smoky character to the fully oxidized tea leaves. This tea is enjoyable on its own by those who enjoy a robust flavor and smokiness but is also great in marinades or for steaming fish.
Ingredients: 100% pure tea
Tasting Notes: Smoked cherry and hickory wood, sweet,
Liqueur Body: light to medium
We encourage you to experiment with the amount of leaves, amount and temperature of water, and infusion times to reach your preferred strength of tea, but here's a suggestion for this particular tea:
Pro Tip: Rinse your tea before the first infusion, to 'awaken' the leaves. You can do this by just submerging the leaves in warm water at the prescribed temperature for each particular tea, and then discarding that water. This will also preheat the vessel and prevent the water temperature from drastically falling during the infusion.
Most reinfusions require the same or higher temperatures than the first infusion because the leaves will already be moist, but the time for each reinfusion will first reduce till a certain number of reinfusions, and then it will need to be increased till you've maxed out the potential of the leaves.