1.5 oz. (15-20 cups) or 4 oz. (50 cups)
Lan Xang Black is a large-leaf, sun-dried black tea (known as a “shai hong”) consisting of two leaves and a bud. This sun-dried black tea consists of two leaves and a bud. The farmer that produces Lan Xang Black oxidizes it in a banana leaf with no machines for oven drying. With an aroma of pipe tobacco, it has a savory and deeply earthy flavor, much like an aged, raw pu'er. This tea ages very well over six months or a year, becoming deeper, richer and more complex with time.
Amount: 2 grams of loose tea per cup of water (a pinch)
Temperature: 212 ̊ (A full, rolling boil)
Steep time: 3 minutes
About Our Tea From Laos
Bordering China’s famous tea-producing Yunnan Province, Laos is a “cradle country” of tea and home to some of the oldest trees in the world. While Laotian tea is superior, conflict throughout the 20th century harmed the industry. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. secretly dropped more bombs on Laos than were dropped during the entirety of World War II. That devastation largely prevented Laotian tea from reaching U.S. consumers for decades. Fortunately, times have changed.
Our Laotian tea comes from Xiengkhouang Province near Phou San (“the tea mountain”) in the northeast and from the Bolaven Plateau in southern Champasak Province—an area known for its stunning waterfalls. All of our teas from Laos are organically grown in biodiverse environments and carefully hand-crafted by selected artisan families.
Do not open this bag/tin and just dump the leaf into your steeping vestibule. You must enjoy the aroma of the leaf first. Woodsy. Cleansing. Has the body of a tea from India but the smooth presence of Yunnan. Dark brown with lots of golden strands. The wet aroma has notes of sweet honey and decaying wood. Flavor: Woody. Deep woods. Coniferous and deciduous forest. Slight grapefruit? Malt o meal and slight malt. Smooth mouthfeel with little astringency.