An incredible realization of the crisp florals of green oolong and the rich creamy soybean taste of Laoshan green, this world premiere is an entirely new contribution to the world of oolong . . .
This harvest is the He family’s world premiere of an entirely new category of tea. Because of He Qingqing’s lifelong friendship with Weiwei Ren, our head of Sourcing & Logistics in China, Qingqing was exposed for many years to the finest Tieguanyin in the world. Last autumn, He Qingqing alluded to her desire to try making a green oolong with her family’s rich and beany Laoshan tea leaves. We were ecstatic, and promised to buy the whole harvest. True to her word, He Qinqing hand-picked and processed every leaf this spring, despite oolong being one of the most intricately difficult and labor-intensive kinds of tea possible to produce.
The result is a stunningly unique contribution to the world of oolong. The closest comparison is the very green Wenshan Baozhong of Taiwan, which has all the chloryphyl taste of green tea but the creamy florals of oolong. The aroma of the wet leaf is an intoxicating combination of edamame and dark thick lotus flower.
The early steepings are decievingly light. The initail taste is extremely crisp and cool like cucumber, but complimented by a sweet and thick texture and aftertaste of saffron-infused honey and pineapple citrus.
Green tea flavor is certainly present, but tempered and creamy like matcha ice cream. Instead of being up front and sharp like green tea, the flavor blooms across the palate like an orchid-leaning oolong would do.
We highly recommend trying the limited batch of Laoshan oolong He Qingqing was able to craft. We certainly hope that this becomes a permanent fixture of the He family’s collection. Enjoy!
Date of Picking:May 10th, 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
Quantity Acquired:15 lbs
Sourcing Agent(s):Mr. He of Laoshan Village hand selected this batch of leaves as an ideal picking to show off the best his cooperative can offer.
If possible, use filtered or spring water, freshly boiled.
Use 2 tsp of tea per 8oz or water. Rinse leaves once with 208 degree water. Steep for 1 minute. Enjoy at least 5 infusions. If possible, use filtered water. Lighter oolongs can be sensitive to very hard tap water. Try to use a large brew basket or steep the leaves loose to allow them to fully unfurls and infuse the optimum flavor. If you can’t, don’t worry about it- good oolong is super forgiving! We recommend doing small 8-10 oz infusions and resteeping the leaves multiple times to see how the flavors change.
Gongfu Style Brewing (Recommended Brewing Technique)
Use 5g of tea for a 4-5oz gaiwan or yixing clay teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and immediately pour out into pitcher. Pour this rinse over the pot and cups used. The rinse helps open the leaves up slightly for the first infusion. Steep for 3-6 seconds each infusion, and enjoy at least 18 infusions. Increase time as the tea starts to get lighter. If you don’t have special equipment, just use pyrex cup measure, a small mug, or any vessel around 4oz. Pour through a strainer if you have one, or use a fork to stop the leaves from pouring into your cup.
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 30 seconds 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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