Wall Street Journal talked to me about doing an article about tea, and our Lapsang Souchong, a couple of months ago, but we never could find out when it was going to be published. I got a email this morning from someone that had read the article, and could not find the tea in our shopping cart. It is a shame that smell doesn’t carry over the internet or she would have found it easily. The first time we met Jiang Yuan Xun was at a tea conference in Wuyishan in September of 2003. His family had been making this tea in Tong Mu Village high up in the mountains for hundreds of years. We were staying in one of the first modern tourist hotels that had just open and was housing the guests of the conference. We had been up late talking with Mr. Jiang and drinking tea and he had brought us kilos of samples that we had stored in our suitcases. At 6 AM the fire alarm malfunctioned. Zhuping, not a morning person, insisted that I get up to investigate, it being very cold. Hotels in Southern China, in the mountains or not, do not have heat. I got up and went to the front desk as the alarm sounded rudely, to find it to be false. I returned to the room and found there was in fact a strong smell of smoke. It took us a little while to figure out that the smell was coming from our suitcases, where the tea was stored double bagged. We smell like pine smoke for the rest of the trip. Mr Jiang since has become famous after appearing in one of Mary Lou and Robert Heiss’s books. Check out the Wall Street Journal’s article. You can find our Lapsang Souchong with our black teas.