Orchid Aroma Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Black Tea * Spring 2017

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Baked Bread, Butter, Caramel, Cedar, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Oats, Olives, Orchid, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pine, Plums, Red Apple, Straw, Sugarcane, Violet
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Caffeine
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6 g 4 oz / 118 ml

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  • “Okay, here is another June sipdown before I call it quits for the evening. I think this one came from the middle of the month when I was transitioning from Yunnan black teas to Wuyi black teas. I...” Read full tasting note
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From Yunnan Sourcing

This is a tippy picked lightly roasted Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that was picked during the first flush of spring. After several months of roasting and resting this lovely tea has developed a thick sweet taste with a noticeable orchid aroma. It’s delightful to experience this complex and delicious black tea.

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is a long time favorite varietal from Fujian province that’s grown in and around the Wu Yi Mountain area. Wu Yi Mountain area is the home to Rock Oolongs like Da Hong Pao and Shui Xian and provides the perfect conditions for black tea production as well.

Late-April 2017 harvest

Wu Yi Mountains, Fujian Province

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Okay, here is another June sipdown before I call it quits for the evening. I think this one came from the middle of the month when I was transitioning from Yunnan black teas to Wuyi black teas. I know it was either the first or the second of the three Wuyi teas I drank during the month. Anyway, this was a very good Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong. Yunnan Sourcing usually does a really good job of sourcing teas of this type. I often find their Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong to be more rewarding than their Jin Jun Mei.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 17 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of orchid, honey, pine, cedar, cinnamon, baked bread, dark chocolate, and peach. After the rinse, I detected new aromas of roasted peanut, roasted almond, and malt as well as a few subtle grassy scents. The first infusion brought out aromas of red apple and straw. In the mouth, the tea liquor presented notes of orchid, straw, honey, pine, cinnamon, baked bread, red apple, and malt that were backed by hints of roasted almond, oats, dark chocolate, and cream. The subsequent infusions introduced aromas of tangerine zest, lemon zest, pear, caramel, juniper, butter, sugarcane, green olive, and violet. Stronger and more immediately noticeable impressions of oats, cream, dark chocolate, and roasted almond appeared in the mouth alongside belatedly emerging notes of cedar and roasted peanut as well as hints of peach and grass. I also picked up on impressions of minerals, butter, lemon zest, tangerine zest, caramel, earth, plum, green olive, juniper, pear, sugarcane, and violet. As the tea faded, the tea liquor emphasized mineral, malt, tangerine zest, lemon zest, cream, baked bread, and pine notes that were balanced by hints of butter, plum, sugarcane, dark chocolate, orchid, red apple, cinnamon, juniper, grass, and straw.

This was a ridiculously complex and enjoyable Wuyi black tea. Had it not faded a little quickly for my tastes and had some of the flavors not expressed themselves in a way that felt somewhat rushed and muddled in places, I would have no problem with scoring this tea a 90 or higher. As is, though, it was a very good tea that personally fell just short of excellence for me. I have no doubt that others would enjoy it more, and that is fine.

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Butter, Caramel, Cedar, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Lemon Zest, Malt, Oats, Olives, Orchid, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pine, Plums, Red Apple, Straw, Sugarcane, Violet

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
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Great review! This is one of my favourite blacks from YS. I am almost finished the bag and I have not left a review yet. I’ve got the 2018 tea.

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