Unsmoked Lapsang Souchong

You might wonder what an unsmoked Lapsang Souchong is as Lapsang Souchong is known in the west as a strongly smoked tea.  Actually the unsmoked Lapsang Souchong (or Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong in Chinese) is much more popular among the locals and the rest of China. 

This tea is fully hand-made with young tender leaves that are plucked in the early May by Mr. and Mrs. Jiang.  Mr. Jiang is the 8th generation of the family for making traditional Lapsang Souchong.  Their tea gardens are located at an altitude of 1500 meters in Tong Mu Guan, Wuyi Mountains, a national nature reserve seen by Chinese tea experts as the core Lapsang Souchong Tea producing area. The tea garden is surrounded by dense pine forests, shrouded in heavy mist providing the ideal environment for growing premium quality tea.

This is a very relaxing tea to drink specially in a late afternoon when you are exhausted from work and you just want to enjoy a nice cup of tea without thinking too much. It’s also a nice tea for drinking after eating oily food for refreshing your palate. It's also a great tea to make a cold brew, simply by putting dry leaves in a bottled water and keep in the fridge for overnight.