Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong: smoked tea par excellence in China

Hi. Today we have a very special tea in our session: Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. Cultivated in the Wuyi mountains in Fujian, its name literally means “The authentic small mountain leaf”, and it is the black smoked tea par excellence in China. In fact, smoked varieties “Xiao Zhong” are known in Europe as “Souchong“.

As the name suggests, the leaves are small in size, but entire, irregularly curled. The aroma draws attention for its density, dry, with touches of wood. We prepare the infusion in a typical glass Gaiwan, using about three grams of tea, to add water to about 70 degrees, and making the infusion for about five minutes.

Here in Europe we call it black tea, but in China it is called red tea, because of the color of the tea, and it has nothing to do with the Puerh of Yunnan. A detail that indicates its quality is that the already infused leaves is kept whole, holding the hot water infusion very well.

Once everything is ready, it’s time to enjoy this great tea. The infusion has a nice reddish color, and is completely clean. The taste has a slight astringent touch very well balanced, combined perfectly with the smoked touches of wood.

It is a very elegant tea, which leaves an aftertaste in the mouth pleasant but with presence. And this Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong keeps the taste and aroma very well after adding water for several times.

In short, Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is a black tea with a lot of personality in its flavor and aroma, perfect to enjoy during a good after-dinner. At the height of its good reputation, without a doubt, as an example of quality black tea.

Well, that’s all for today. Thanks for your attention. If you are looking for where to buy black tea in Barcelona, ​​we are at your disposal in our teahouse in Travessera de les Corts 154-158 (L1 Les Corts, Bus H8, 59), as well as in our online tea shop. Greetings and see you soon.

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Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

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