“Xiao Zhong” is one of the oldest sorts of tea. Its history goes back to the XV century. This tea was known as Lapsang Souchong in Europe and it determined the future development of tea production in the South-east part of China. The production process includes tea leaves withering and heating on the pine charcoals. So tea was named “Lao Song Xiao Zhong”, “Old Pine – Rare Variety”. It was harvested and made in the natural reserve Tongmuguan. This is original region of this tea production.
The dry tea consists of medium size dark-brown twisted leaves. The aroma is rich with prunes tones. The infusion color is clear with meadow honey tint.
The bouquet of brewed tea is bright, with fruity, corny, smoky, tones and prunes, dry apricot and rustic bred overtones. The taste is deep, rich with bright sour nuance and dry fruit sweetness. The aroma is deep, warm, smoky, and honey. The aftertaste is rich, expressive and long-lasting.
Infuse this tea with boiled water of 95°С in yixing tea pot for red teas or in gaiwan. Take 5-6 grams for 100 ml volume. Shed tea with hot water and increase infusion time gradually. It stands 7-8 infusions.
This is original ceremonial tea with traditional “smoky” taste. It is perfect for tea time in cold season. It has warming, relaxing and meditative effect.