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Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong 正山小種

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong 正山小種


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"This is the legendary  smoked black tea Zheng Shan XIao Zhong 正山小种.  It hails from Tong Mu, on Wuyi Mountain.  It is the oldest black tea, making Mt. Wuyi the origin point for both oolong and black teas.  This tea is unique in that it is smoked over pine wood. It was developed when, scared away by approaching militia, Ming-dynasty tea farmers fled and left their tea harvest on the trail. The soldiers made camp on the soft piles of leaves, and by the time the farmers returned in the morning, the leaves had oxidized. In order to cut their losses, they dried the “ruined” tea over open pine fires instead of wasting expensive charcoal.  The dark, smoky character was completely new and immediately popular, giving rise to the 600 year tradition of curing zhengshan xiaozhong with smoke.  Our xiaozhong is produced using traditional methods in Tong Mu itself, now a UNESCO world heritage site. It is cured in a 3-story wooden smokehouse in a process that takes 2 months from picking to finished leaf, overseen by Master Chen Shui Man. Its flavor is deep, clean, and evocative, with a unique pine character, smoky fragrance, and rich, malty sweetness that persists for 7-9 steepings.

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