|ORIGIN||CHINA, FUJIAN – TONG MU GUAN
|STORY BEHIND THE TEA|
Lapsang Souchong (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong) is a black tea, or as they call it in China a red tea (hongcha), from Fujian province. This is an unsmoked Lapsang, which means that it is not roasted over pine wood. This tea is therefore much more fruity than its smoked sibblings.
Lapsang Souchong grows in Tong Mu Guan, a remote village (1500 meters above sea level) a 2 hour drive from the area where yancha grows. It’s lush and green, but also cloudy and foggy all the time. The unique environment is very good for growing, and the humid climate is very good for black tea oxidation. Tong Mu Guan is famous for two different black teas: Lapsang Souchong, and Jin Jun Mei.
Traditionally, Lapsang Souchong is smoked over pine wood, but since a few decades farmers also produce unsmoked Lapsang Souchong, which results in a very floral and fruity tea that gained a lot of popularity amongst tea drinkers.