Lapsang Souchong "Zhengshan Xiaozhong" Red Tea
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What is Red Tea?
What we call "Black Tea" in the West, Chinese call "Red Tea" (Hong Cha 红茶.)
Red teas are dark in color, with deep flavor matched by natural sweetness.
To respect Chinese tea tradition, I use the Chinese description of "Red Tea", but no matter the name, if you have had black tea before, the taste will be familiar to you, as it is the base tea of many western blends.
Lapsang Souchong, also known as Zhengshan Xiaozhong, is a smoky red tea with intense flavor.
Smoked over pinewood, this tea has an intense aroma and distinctive fragrance. The flavor is bold and powerful, and the small leaves steep quickly, releasing lots of flavor even at very short steep times.
Over the last year or so, I've had lots of people on social media ask for Lapsang Souchong. I'm glad to have found one that is smoky but not bitter - sometimes the teamakers can go overboard in making this tea since its roasted, smoky flavor is the main selling point.
This is a great tea for people familiar with Western-style "black tea" that want to up the complexity of their tea experience. And while I always recommend making tea without mixing in milk or sugar, if you were to try some at-home boba tea, this could be a good candidate for a tea that will stand up to other heavy flavors.
VALUE AND QUALITY
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Jesse's Teahouse started because Jesse realized the quality and value of the tea directly from the Beijing Tea Market was so much higher than what could be easily found in the States -- and around the world.
Jesse contacted his tea friends, they shipped their best teas to him, and he sends them to you. That's it!
These teas are high quality and can be re-steeped multiple times! Each serving makes between 4-8 cups of tea, so at around $.50 a cup, you get top quality Chinese teas at a price that you can enjoy every day.
NOT JUST TEA, TEA CULTURE
Jesse believes the key to making good tea is to help his Chinese tea friends share not just their best teas, but the best ways to make the teas.
That's why each box comes also comes with an info card that tells you:
- Tea Origin
- Steep Temperature
- Steep Time
- Directions for both teapot steeping and gaiwan steeping
All Jesse’s Teahouse Tea Friends (that’s you now!) also get access to private YouTube videos where Jesse and his Chinese tea friends show you how to make the teas and explain the tea-making process.
The links are on QR codes on the back of the info card included in the tea box.
Don't Forget Your Tea Pets!
In Chinese Gongfu Tea Tradition, Tea Pets accompany you at teatime and you "raise" them by feeding them tea! Check out the tea pets at the bottom of this page.