Black Tea, Today's Tea

Zhèngshān Xiǎozhǒng Hóng Chá, 正山小种红茶, Lapsang Souchong Black Tea

#TodaysTea – Spring, 2018; var. xiao zhong (small leaf); #Wuyishan, Nanping, Fujian; bud & 1-2 leaves, pinewood #smoked; 1100-1400m.

Infusion: 5g in 150ml for 30-50sec.@90-95deg. C

Dry leaf aroma: smokey, peat, dried orange peel, dried longan;
Wet leaf aroma: more pronounced smokiness;
Liquor: bright orange colour, with hints of malt;
Mouthfeel: medium to thin texture, prickly, astringent, drying, salivating, slight lingering sweet finish;
Taste: tannic, woody , bitter orange, retronasal hints of smoke, tobacco, and malt;

Opinion: This is very different to the previous two teas, dark, wet campfire flavors and aromas, without being murky; uncompromising or apologetic, this is definitely an assertive tea.