Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Spring 1

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Malt, Pine, Yams, Chocolate, Earth, Potato
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Average preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 oz / 94 ml

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  • “Not normally a fan of black teas to a great degree, but these W2T ones have been interesting so far. This one didn’t turn quite a beautifully red as the last one I tried, stayed a little more...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Ah, good old ‘Lapsang Souchong’ as it is more commonly known in this part of the world, though this is a far distant from the usually coarse and smoky tea that gets brewed in a big ol’ pot on a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Rich aroma with strong chocolate tones. Beautifully bright red orange color with a hint of opacity. Leaf is black and long, a little twisted. Flavorwise, strong and rich with a malty base and a...” Read full tasting note

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Freshly made in mid-April 2016, average quality. Yams, pine

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Not normally a fan of black teas to a great degree, but these W2T ones have been interesting so far. This one didn’t turn quite a beautifully red as the last one I tried, stayed a little more orangey-brown. Still tasted good. Interestingly, the dry leaf smelled kind of roasted/nutty to me. Wet leaf more malty than anything else. Tasted yams, some resinous, piney flavors. Not smokey at all to me. Lasted about as long as I’d expect a black tea to last. This is certainly the freshest black tea I’ve had – not sure exactly what it would be like if it rested longer. I don’t know how black tea develops in short term situations after production – or long term for that matter.

Flavors: Malt, Pine, Yams

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Ah, good old ‘Lapsang Souchong’ as it is more commonly known in this part of the world, though this is a far distant from the usually coarse and smoky tea that gets brewed in a big ol’ pot on a cold day, this is refined and not at all smoky. This is also super fresh, it and the next tea were both processed a few weeks ago. The aroma of the leaves is yammy and yummy, notes of sweet potatoes and peanuts blend with a piney resinous note, like this tea was stored in a pine barrel.

Tasting the tea, it has a slight tannic quality at the start, not bitterness, just more dry than super smooth, it goes well with the malt, yam, and pine wood quality, giving this tea more briskness than the previous one. In the later steeps it gets sweeter, the pine notes become more like sap and the starchy yam notes definitely turn into straight up brown sugar sweet potatoes. This tea has some serious longevity, I was able to sit with it through many many steeps.

Cwyn

I enjoyed the later steeps too!

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Rich aroma with strong chocolate tones. Beautifully bright red orange color with a hint of opacity. Leaf is black and long, a little twisted. Flavorwise, strong and rich with a malty base and a hint of pine at the back. Earthy vegetal taste (yam?), surprisingly bitter and raw aftertaste to the back of the throat that gets stronger in later steeps, perhaps due to it being processed only about 3 weeks ago (kind of starts approaching the taste of dirt and 100% dark chocolate, honestly). Overall, quite bracing. Not a lot of astringency, but what’s there lingers in the wake of the bitterness with a bit of a cool tingle.

Lazy, so I’m putting my notes for Spring 2 here too:

Spring 2 was definitely the better of the two. The leaves were floral in aroma over the standard malt, which is a trend I’m starting to notice with some of the higher quality blacks. The liquor was a more orange, less red color than many black teas. Still had quite a bit of a raw, sour potato quality that the Spring 1 had, although less intense (I’m guessing this is due to how new these teas are at a few weeks, as it also exudes a rather exuberant energy despite/because of this). This may be more due to my having more practice at brewing blacks, though, at this point then the teas themselves…

Anyway, the yam flavor is definitely stronger and more prominent on this one. It stands out and perseveres throughout the steeps, although the malty, earthy cocoa-ish profile is here as well and most prominent in the beginning, giving way to that really distinct earthy sweet tuber-ish taste after a couple of steeps.

It was interesting and more pleasant to drink than Spring 1 with a lighter taste overall and better balance of flavors, I can see why it’s higher quality. I’ll have to try the Spring 1 again tomorrow just to make sure this is a fair assessment, though, haha.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Malt, Pine, Potato

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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