Yanxun Xiaozhong Smoked Black Tea

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Yanxun Xiaozhong 2018 (Smoked)
Tea – Smoked Black Tea
Harvest – Spring 2018
Origin – Tongmuguan, Wuyishan

This tea was produced in Tongmuguan, a Unesco world heritage protected area where tea trees grow semi-wild in a pristine environment. Unlike most areas of Wuyishan that are at relatively low elevation, Tongmu is situated at a much higher altitude and access there is restricted.

The traditional production method is quite unique among other black teas because of the use of smoke. In a building the leaves are placed on the upper floor while on the ground floor pine wood is burned. This process dries the leaves giving the tea a characteristic smoked flavor and is still carried out today by a very few farmers making it somehow hard to find.

This tea has a smoked flavor that dissipating reveals an underlying black tea sweetness . The smoked flavor divides tea drinkers between those who love or hate it making Xiao Zhong one of the most unique black teas and something interesting to try.

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Gongfu Sipdown (708)!

Finished this sample off last weekend – as I’ve mentioned last weekend, I was going through a bit of a Lapsang Souchong streak/binge and I think this basically acted as the “cap” for that micro-obsession.

I’ll be honest, this was a tasty smoked tea but it wasn’t as nice as the other smoked LS that I’ve had this month – and the unsmoked LS from Lazy Cat was still by far the best iteration of a LS that I drank by quite a bit. Even though this wasn’t unpleasant in any way, after so many good LS it was just a bit disappointing. The smoke wasn’t as thick/intense as I personally like from a good smoked tea, and it was a little one dimensional. I would have liked to see more intensity or, with a milder smoke, some other notes/characteristics coming though – sweetness/fruity elements, wood notes, chocolate and malt. Just something else.

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXuaEhUllMc

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