Songyang Xiang Cha

This tea is a good example of an everyday tea without compromises. Its thin, dark leaves release aromas of seaweed nori, the dried salty kind that anticipates a mouthful of umami. A dousing of warm water opens them up, revealing waves of leafy greens and a distinctly savory character that resembles sencha before a walnut note confirms its roasting. It's a hearty soup to accompany savory meals or to contrast sweet snacks.

  • ORIGIN:  Songyang, Lishui, Zhejiang, China
  • MEANING:  Songyang fragrant tea (songyang xiang cha)
  • CULTIVAR:  Long Jing No.43
  • HARVEST TIME:  11 March 2024
  • TASTE:  Leafy greens, walnut, seaweed nori


  • Quantity: 6g / 500ml
  • Water temperature: 80°C
  • Infusion time: 4 min
  • Quantity: 3g / 100ml
  • Water temperature: 80°C
  • 3 infusions: 60, 60, 90 sec

For best results in gongfu cha, brew in a tall glass and fill with water before adding the leaves. Too high water temperature would burn the leaves, resulting in bitter taste.