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Smoked Black Tea
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Type Black Tea
Chinese 烟熏小种
Pinyin Yān xūn xiǎo zhǒng
Origin Tongmu Masu, Wuyishan
Year 2020
Harvest Spring

Smoked Black Tea


My cousin lives in the mountains above Tongmu in a village called Masu. This is black tea (zhen shan xiao zhong) from Masu smoked in the traditional way over pine.

Opening the bag will release a fresh smoke smell, strong, but not acrid or overpowering. The first steep may give you the impression of cooking breakfast over a pine fire, a little dry and ashy but smooth and full bodied. The smoke flavor quickly mellows out, and becomes well balanced with the sweetness of the black tea and mineral flavors.

The quality of the base material is what makes this tea interesting for me. As the smoke dissipates faster than the tea steeps out, each steep shows a slightly different look at what smoked tea can be.

Note: Images of the smoking process below are from the smoking of this particular tea.