Souchong Liquor

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Black Tea
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Fruity, Herbs, Honey, Spicy, Blackberry, Cacao, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Mineral, Apricot, Chocolate, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Rose, Salty, Toasty, Artichoke, Chestnut, Coffee, Raspberry
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 102 ml

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Zhengshan Xiaozhong means ‘Small Leaf Tea from Zhengshan Mountain’ and represents a type of black tea made from a small leaf cultivar grown in this area of Fujian. It is commonly converted to the english phonetics of Lapsang Souchong.
But wait! This does not mean it is a smoked tea. Many people think that Lapsangs are all pine wood smoked but this method is falling out of favou. For the past ten years, high quality Lapsang is being produced unroasted while smoked tea is usually made from lower quality leaves for the foreign markets
This batch was an instant hit with us – it reminds us of the super high quality Gleaming Brow but without the eye squinting price tag. In our video about Gleaming Brow (aka Jin Jun Mei) I mention that a high quality Lapsang is a much better approximation of the fabulous chocolate and fruit taste of TRUE Gleaming Brow rather than wasting your money on lower quality Jin Jun Mei. This Souchong Liquor is the perfect example.
Full of cocoa, bourbon, nuts and fruits – this tea is the show-off Lapsang that will wow anyone. It is markedly different to the other Lapsang which we purchased from the same village called Little Tong Mu and we recommend treating yourself to a pack of both to taste how the smallest details in terroirs affects the flavour of the tea.

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6 Tasting Notes

1 tasting notes

I am not very experienced with black teas, and thus cannot compare this one with other similar black teas.
It felt very pleasant to my tongue; well balanced, reminding me of fruity and spicy notes with a honey fragrance and a pleasant herbal taste. The mouthfeel is medium, the aftertaste is fruity and slightly dry. I enjoyed drinking it.
I can recommend this as pleasant tea, mild but full of flavor.
Since I did not find any issue with the tea, I give 100 points. Just bear in mind that I am no black tea connaisseur, and thus might not know what could be better, yet.

Flavors: Fruity, Herbs, Honey, Spicy

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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5 tasting notes

Really good tea. Very fruity for a black reminds me of a dancong! Excellent profile including malt, chocolate, cherry (maybe cherry wood) and some dark berries. From the first infusion it packs flavour. A more delicate tea which is less suited for stronger combos like spices.

Brewed gong fu style 5g per 100ml temp 90 -95°C 5 sec rinse. 10 sex first infusion + 5 each infusion after. Profile develops. Fruit and dark chocolate/cacao in first steeps leading to fruits and malt chocolate before some minerality comes towards the end. Can usually get between 5 and 7 infusions.

Flavors: Blackberry, Cacao, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Mineral

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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14 tasting notes

195 Degrees F, Gongfu, 15 sec infusions + 5

This tea seems to have lost some flavor over the past 2 years. I remember this tea having a more unique flavor profile but that’s what happens when you leave tea sitting in a drawer. Still a very nice breakfast tea. Theres definitely a chocolate note there. 8 infusions.

Season: Spring
Cultivar: Xingcun Xiao Zhong
Origin: Zhengshan, Fujian, China
Picking: Young Leaves
Elevation: 1500m

Eyes – Dry Leaf: Very small black leaves
Nose – Dry Leaf: Malty chocolate, wood, cranberries
Nose – Wet Leaf: Chocolate mustiness, sour apricots
Eyes – Liquor: Dark amber brown
Mouth – Texture: Medium
Mouth – Taste: Malty Roasted Chocolate, Honey, apricot
Nose – Empty Cup: Raw Cane Sugar
Mouth – Finish: Slightly bitter, pretty smooth, mildly drying
Eyes – Wet Leaf: Small brown leaf fragments
Effect: Mildly energizing

Flavors: Apricot, Chocolate, Honey

4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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89 tasting notes

It cant get much better than Souchong Liquor Malt, Chocolate and some baked bread
A kickstarter for each morning

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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69 tasting notes

Dominant flavor of cacao nibs, some toastiness – salted roasted nuts and dark, almost burnt, caramel. Hint of rose lokum and dark fruit, maybe prunes.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cacao, Caramel, Dried Fruit, Nuts, Rose, Salty, Toasty

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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20 tasting notes

A delicious and comforting black tea.

Flavors: Artichoke, Chestnut, Chocolate, Coffee, Raspberry

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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