A traditional tasting order for these teas would be to start with Laoshan Pine Needle Green, and progress from lightest to darkest, moving to Laoshan Green Oolong, then to Laoshan Pine Needle Black and finally to Laoshan Roasted Oolong. This also allows for the most direct understanding of how oolong processing changes the flavor of a tea compared to its green tea or black tea relatives. Finish with the herbal Gan Zao Ye, or enjoy a pot or a mug on its own.
Mr. He brews all of his teas as strong as possible, but his daughter Qingqing prefers a lighter, more modern brew. We recommend using 5g of leaf per infusion (5-6oz of water)
, which is a third of the sample bag.
The most authentic technique is to use 185° F water for all five teas
. Compared to the traditional “industry standard.” the He Family tends to brew a bit hot for greens and a bit cool for black tea. The results are worth exploring!
The He Family uses uncovered glass pitchers
to brew all five of these teas, steeping the leaves for about 15-20 seconds per infusion
, and will continue steeping the same leaves at least six to eight times