Do you know the actual meaning of Lapsang Souchong / 正山小種紅茶?

Lapsang souchong

Lapsang souchong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friend in LinkedIn, Thomas Kasper, asked me if I sell Lapsang Souchong (正山小種)?

I said “Sorry, I only sell Taiwanese tea.  As far as my knowledge, Lapsang Souchong is from China.”

It should be the end of the story.  But, there was something weird which arouse my curiosity.  In Chinese, we call Lapsang Souchong as 正山小種, pronounced like ” Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong”   I can relate Souchong to XiaoZhong, but Lapsang is nothing like ZhengShan.

Then, there are two questions following

  1. What is the meaning of the Chinese name “Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong” /正山小種?
  2. Where did the translation “Lapsang Souchong” come from? and what is its meaning? Continue reading

Taiwan Tea Trip- Mingjian Town

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(Road to Mingjiang Tea Garden)

Previously, I talked aboutmy plan to visit Taiwan’s biggest tea plantation area (Mingjian). Mingjian is being responsible for more than 50% of tea production in Taiwan. The importance of Mingjian’s Tea to Taiwan is like Languedoc-Roussillon’s Wine to France, which produces more than a third of wine production in France. I personally love the wine from Languedoc-Roussillon area due to its diversified variety, stable quality and acceptable price. The Tea from Mingjian is just like this. So I choose Mingjiang as my first stop of tea trip in Taiwan. Here I come, Mingjian!!! Continue reading