Old Bush Xiao Zhong Black Tea
Old Bush Xiao Zhong Black Tea

Old Bush Xiao Zhong Black Tea

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This tea is picked from an old tea bush, approximately 120 years old. Because it grows wildly, there are no pesticides or any chemicals needed. The varietal of this tea itself is called Xiao Zhong, which means a small bush --  most commonly used for the famous smoky black tea: Lapsang Souchong. Because this tea is picked from an old bush, this tea is actually called Lao Cong Xiao Zhong or Old Bush Small Varietal.  

One of the benefits of brewing large tea leaves from an old tea bush is how easy it is to brew the tea. Unlike most Indian black tea where it gets bitter, especially when you are not paying attention to your brewing temperature and time. This black tea never gets bitter. It has a relaxing, floral, and smooth flavor without ever reaching to the point of that sharp tannin, unpleasant and bitter black tea as you normally expected when being brewed too long. If you like to add sugar or cream to your tea, this is not the right tea to do that. This is the tea you want to savor and enjoy slowly with special friends that can appreciate a good cup of tea. 


Tea Bush Age: 120 years old

Varietal: Xiao Zhong




Country Type of tea Rinse  Water Temp 1st steep 2nd steep 3rd steep
China Green No 190ºF / 88ºC 15 sec 10 sec 20 sec
China Aged white Yes 205ºF / 96ºC

1 min

15 sec

25 sec

China Classic white No 175ºF / 80ºC 30 sec 15 sec

30 sec

China Twisted oolong No 205ºF / 96ºC 30 sec 15 sec 20 sec
Taiwan Rolled oolong No 205ºF / 96ºC 45 sec 15 sec 20 sec
China Small leaves black No 205ºF / 96ºC 15 sec 25 sec 35 sec
China Big leaves black No
205ºF / 96ºC
45 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Shou puerh Yes
205ºF / 96ºC
30 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Heicha Yes
205ºF / 96ºC
30 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Sheng puerh Yes

190ºF / 88ºC

30 sec

20 sec

30 sec

China Sheng puerh Yes 205ºF / 96ºC
10 sec
5 sec
10 sec

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Pamela Dussault

Old-Bush Xiao Zhong Black Tea

Steve M
Not your typical black tea

VERY easy-going tea with almost none of the punch the more usual black teas have. It's so easy-going, I accidentally brewed my second steep for about a minute (water temp was about 190) and it was still pretty mild! That comes from an old bush - if this had been a more conventional source, I would've been slapped in the face with tannins and bitterness. I've added a picture of my little brewing mistake to this review. Now there's photographic evidence. :) This tea also goes very nicely with pumpkin bread.

Jen Springer
My most favorite!

Oh I’m so in love with this tea. It’s sweet and full bodied, I never get tired of it.
I drink A LOT of tea and this one has become my go to when I don’t know what I am feeling for the day.
There’s something about this old bush that I’ve never tasted before.
Thanks for the recommend Leo!

William P Marshall
Comfort in a cup

Glad I located Tea and Whisk. I have been drinking good tea for a long time and this shop adds to my sources. Old-Bush is an exceptional brew even after two cups, it steeps well. I tend to brew a stronger cup, using a bit more in the pot... I have not been disappointed. Great mineral finish no bitterness. Front is full, round and slightly salty. A very good mid-day cup! Thank you Leo for exceptional sourcing! Comfort is needed in this new disconcerting age; this tea brings just that to the cup!

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