Velvet Haze (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, 正山小种)
Velvet Haze (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, 正山小种)
Velvet Haze (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, 正山小种)

Velvet Haze (Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, 正山小种)

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Velvet Haze or “Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong” is historically known as the first smoked black tea. The pinewood smoking highlights its unique fruitiness and gentle character. The tea feels soft and thick when it coats the mouth. Although the tea is lightly smoked, it is perfectly balanced and not overpowering. Its delicate notes of stone fruits complement its light peppermint finish.  

 

Tea Profile​

Traditional Name: 正山小钟 [Pinyin: Zhèng shān xiǎo zhǒng; Wade-Giles: cheng shan hsiao chung] 

Origin: Tong Mu Village, Fujian, China

Elevation: 1500m

Varietal: Xiao Zhong Cultivar

Harvesting: Buds and first leaves • April 2020*

Processing: Smoked over pinewood

Wet Leaf Aroma: Cocoa • Banana • Paprika

Tea Liquor Color: Copper

Mouthfeel: Soft and Thick 

Finish: Sweet Fruits • Peppermint

Body Sensation: Relaxing

*Black teas benefit from a period of resting in order for the flavors to settle and deepen. This vintage batch provides a richer tea experience than fresher-picked black teas.