Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, or Lapsang Souchong, is more than just the world's first black tea. Besides a rich history behind it, this tea itself is a cultural heritage of China, since the traditional smoked Lapsang Souchong has to be 100% handmade by burning the Horsetail pine wood in a special architecture called Qing Lou (another Chinese cultural heritage). The authentic Lapsang comes from Tong Mu village in Tong Mu Guan in the Wu Yi Mountain range, which is the birthplace of this tea and still is the core production area.
Tong Mu Village has 12 production teams for Lapsang Souchong, and each team is composed of a few families that live in the Tong Mu village area. Ma Su is one of them and is located at elevation about 1200 meters. Bei Bei, Zhang is from a five generational family that owns a tea plantation and is still producing Lapsang Souchong in Ma Su. The tea trees in her tea plantation are mostly over 100 years old and 2-3 meters tall. Currently, she is mostly responsible for making unsmoked Lapsang while her dad is the only one in the family who knows how to make traditional smoked Lapsang black tea. As the authentic smoked Lapsang tea becomes more and more scarce in China because of the local government's restriction on using the Horsetail pine, only farmers from Ton Mu Village still have limited access to it, which makes authentic traditional smoked tea very valuable.
After our visit to Bei Bei's family tea plantation in Ma Su and witnessing the entire production process, we decide to offer this very special Lapsang Souchong sample box to honor Bei Bei's family and their spirit to inherit this cultural product as well as to let you get to know the crown jewel of Chinese black tea.
In this box, you will receive these teas (total of 42g) directly from Bei Bei's tea plantation in Ma Su:
-Old Bush Smoked Lapsang Souchong 14g
Robust, full body, smoky, woody, floral, salted caramel, sweet peach
-Old Bush Unsmoked Lapsang Soucong 14g
Clean, rich, floral, sweet berries, honey like sweetness, and a malty undertone
-Aged Lapsang Souchong 2013 14g
-Robust, full body, well balanced, chocolate, herbal aroma, woody, piny, honey like sweetness
Learn about our sourcing trip from Bei Bei in Ma Su, Tong Mu Village in May, 2021.