Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (AKA Lapsang Souchong)

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Unlike the over the top smoky export versions of Lapsang Souchong, our Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is made from an old Tong Mu Qi Lan sub-varietal tea bush, produced and located at the Tong Mu Village, which is mainly the birthplace of Lapsang Souchong teas.

Although sometimes referred as the non-smoky version of Lapsang Souchong, our Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, is very sweet smelling, with strong hints of caramel, chocolate, deep and rich malty flavors, followed with a honey like aftertaste. This is very different from the usual export versions of Laspsang Souchong.

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I don’t taste any smoke in this tea. It isn’t a very complex cup, but it is good. It has a milk chocolate-like aroma and a bit of malt. That’s it! It was a very pleasant after dinner tea.

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I got this tea after being at the Aroma Tea Shop on Friday with my Living Social deal… I tried some in the store. It is really delicious!

This is the black tea that lapsang is made with, before it’s been smoked. So, this tea isn’t really smoky in any way… but it is beautiful. I love the fine, black wiry leaves. The flavor of this tea is wonderful and unlike any I currently have. It’s silky and almost creamy, with strong notes of chocolate and some malt. It isn’t strong and overpowering though, the overall effect is very relaxing and on the light side. This is a very easy one to drink plain since it’s devoid of astringency or any bitter notes. I could easily see it becoming one of my favorites.

This stuff is like a dessert tea without even trying to be. Sweet and natural — yum yum!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Was really surprised when I tried this, you pretty much described it exactly how I would of. Ended up buying 2 oz of it and enjoy it every once in a while.


it is delicious…

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CharlotteZero sent this one my way. ….and let me tell you about how this was my favourite cup of tea today. Seriously. This had ZERO smoke in it, which was a little disappointing in my books, but then the caramel, chocolatey DECLICIOUSNESS hit me and i was log zomg, must drink…and then the cup was all done and i was boiling water to make a second cup. Seriously….this could probably rival my love for LB. Also…it’s slightly more expensive but it makes me sad i never got to this shop when i was in San Fran. I think even courtney would like this one… no smoke! I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be an aroma tea order in my future.. ..maybe this one can join the BBB Box as my tea next round if i get some. :)

Final Count: 150 which is the suck as i wanted at least 5 more sipdowns this weekend but that just means more tea drinking should be had this week! :) Still aiming for 130 by the end of next weekend, though i think that’s highly unlikely at this point so maaaybe 140 would be more doable lol.

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not smoky? is it more like the Zheng Shan xiao zhong from YS that we loved so much? (also not smokey)


it’s more like the YS one…though this one seemed stupidly chocolatey…like that first time i ever had LB. I’ll add some to your box or the BB from the samples that CZ sent me as i’ve got enough…but i suspect i’ll be purchasing some of this at some point. i really loved it.


I love these versions of LS. I still want to find the one I had that tasted like a chocolate, caramel oolong.


I just bought some today, it’s the non smoked tea they make LS from


still saved to my wishlist heh


I tried it in the store, it’s really good!


oh i know..my only issue is that you have to buy 4oz online…


i went and checked it too. 4oz is a lot


Oh, I can buy it by the ounce so I only got a bit with this Groupon I had.

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