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61 • Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong
A mild tea with an aroma of fruit and flowers and a subtle taste of smoke. This tea is delicious at breakfast. It tastes good with spicy or salty meals and is also a good combination with a piece of cheese.
The Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is a black smoked tea from China. It is grown in the province of Fujian according to traditional methods and especially selected by Madame Tseng. The tea is also known as Lapsang Souchong.
A black tea is completely fermented. The tea grows at high altitudes and is picked and manufactured completely by hand. The plant has black twisted leaves. The picked tea is dried above a fire of coniferous wood until the first moisture has been extracted (fading). After this process the leaves are rolled and put in barrels, which are covered with rags for the fermentation process. Then the leaves are cooked and rolled again. Finally, the tea will smoke in bamboo baskets above glowing embers of dried spruce wood. This will take a few hours and will be monitored carefully.