Profile : 1919 Lapsang Zhivago
Loose - China Black Tea
March 5, 2019
CUP CHARACTERISTICS: A delicious premium lapsang with captivating heady bouquet and a delicious mild oak and pine fire finish.
Ingredients: Black tea
INGREDIENTS FROM: Fujian Province - Xingchun region
SHIPPING PORT(S): Fuzhou
GROWING ALTITUDES: 1500 - 4900 feet above sea level
GRADE(S): Lux #1 Lapsang Souchong
MANUFACTURE TYPE(S): Orthodox (Traditional leafy), Small batch crafted.
ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL: Low
CAFFEINE LEVEL: Medium
INFUSION: Tending bright with reddish hues
Zhivago. Most of us are familiar with the Hollywood version of this
sweeping Russian tale starring Omar Sharif. The story however was
originally penned in novel form by Boris Pasternak, a Russian writer who
wrote during the days of the U.S.S.R. The story centers around one
Doctor Yurii Andreievich Zhivago who goes to work as a medic in 1919
during the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Boris Pasternak won the
Nobel Prize for literature in 1958 for the work but was forced to turn
down the honor by the Soviet government. Well, we thought we'd honor
Pasternak, a lifelong tea lover, by naming this wonderful version of
Lapsang Souchong after his seminal work.
Why did we choose to
honor him with a Lapsang? Well, there are two reasons. The first is that
it was Pasternak's favorite. The second is that Lapsang Souchong has
long been associated with tea drinking in Russia. This tea with its
smoky aroma evokes the mystery of the Far East and is commonly brewed in
samovars from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.
is produced in Fujian province in China. The process begins with freshly
picked tea that is withered over pine or cedar fires, pan-fired, and
then rolled by hand. Once rolled, the leaves are pressed into wooden
barrels and covered with cloth and allowed to ferment until they begin
to emit a pleasant aroma. Once fermented, the leaves are rolled again
into tight strips and then placed in bamboo baskets which are hung over
burning pine boughs. As the leaves dry, they further develop their smoky
flavor. The Lapsang process results in a tea with leaves that are
thick, black, and glossy.
The result in a very strong, assertive
cup - just the type of tea favored by the Russians. To the uninitiated,
the intensely smoky taste of Lapsang Souchong may be an acquired taste
in the same way that Scotch or fine cigars are. We can well imagine
Boris Pasternak quietly penning his groundbreaking novel while sipping
pot after pot of this wonderful tea. Brew some yourself, dust off your
notebook and see if you can't win yourself a Nobel Prize. If you do, let
us know and we'll name a tea after you! This tea can be enjoyed on its
own although some may prefer it with a dash of milk and sugar to help
expand the unique smoky flavor profile.