Now available, the newest harvest of Mr. He's chocolatey Laoshan black is here . . .
Latest Harvest Now Available!
Mr. and Mrs. He of Laoshan Village are gaining quite an international reputation for their Laosahn Black, from profiles in the Heavy Table, to Serious Eats.
The He family tea fields in Laoshan Village, autumn 2012
Mr. He is very proud of perfecting this entirely new kind of tea, insisting on the strictest standards of chemical-free farming, hand picking, and careful processing. While most black teas are batch-oxidized over an hour, the He Family’s Laoshan Black is spread out and allowed to roast and oxidize in the sun for three full days before being finished. This brings out the thick and creamy notes and full body.
The wet leaf of this Autumn Harvest Laoshan Black has a beautifully addictive aroma of salted caramel and fresh baked brownies. The complexity of the aroma follows through beautifully in the early steepings with caramel chocolate candy flavor, a perfect balance of sweet, slaty and savory. Later infusions yield more dark juicy fruit flavors, especially raspberry. The famous Laoshan malty quality comes through in the aftertaste to complement the chocolate.
This autumn growing season was excellent, making teas from Laoshan even more potent than usual. Stock up and enjoy our most popular tea.
Date of Picking:October 2013
Location of Picking:Ocean-facing slope of Laoshan Mountain in Laoshan Village, Shandong Province He Family Farm 15-20 acre plot fed by the mountain spring running down from the rock face of Laoshan.
What Was Picked:Young leaf material with buds wilted in bamboo baskets, fully oxidized over three days, dried over a carefully tended wood fire and curled.
Quantity Acquired:50 lbs
Sourcing Agent(s):David Duckler, after spending months in Laoshan Village on a tea research grant.
Verdant Tea Founder, David Duckler, Brewing Laoshan Black
Western Brewing: Use one tablespoon of leaves per cup of water. Steep in a brew basket or loose in a pot to give the leaves plenty of room to expand. If possible avoid tea balls or paper filter bags. Steep for 3 minutes with filtered boiling water and remove leaves or pour off water. Save the leaves. Enjoy at least 4 infusions.
Gongfu Brewing: Use 5g of leaves for a medium gaiwan or yixing pot. Heat the gaiwan or pot with boiling water and pour out. Add leaves, rinse leaves with boiling water for less than a second. Use this steeping to heat cups and pour over yixing. Steep each round for 2-3 seconds, increasing time by 3 seconds each steeping after the third steeping. Enjoy at least 15 infusions.
Iced Tea (Cold Brewing)
Use about 4 grams of tea for every 12oz of water. Combine with room temperature water in a covered vessel and refrigerate for 8-12 hours. Enjoy!
Iced Tea (Flash Chilled)
Use 1TB (5 grams) of tea in a 6-8oz vessel. Steep for 1 minute with filtered boiled water. Fill a martini shaker (or equivalent) with ice, then add brewed tea and shake until well-chilled (usually 10-30 seconds). Pour out through martini-shaker top over fresh ice in a new glass and serve.
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