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Produced By the He Family

This herbal tea is finished from the giant leaves of Laoshan sweet potato plants, carefully hand-finished and oxidized by the He Family with a technique similar to their reserve Laoshan black tea.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SAVORY – sweet potato
  • VERY SPICY – licorice root, nitmeg, pepper
  • A LITTLE FLORAL – clover
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DATE OF PICKINGOctober 2017
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
ELEVATION500 M
laoshan sweet potatoBotanical Name

For the first year ever, the He Family has begun an experiment processing sweet potato leaves as tea. Sweet potato is the iconic staple food of Shandong province, but its leaves are often forgotten. Qingqing and our partner Weiwei went out to pick sweet potato leaf on the slopes of Laoshan and spent a full day harvesting just enough for the club box. Mr. He had to heat the leaves five times to stop oxidation, and hand process and roll each leaf to finish, making it the most labor-intensive tea the He Family has ever taken on.

" As they steep, the reddish dry leaves pop open almost as quickly as green Gan Zao Ye, yielding beautiful leaves that get a touch greener with each infusion. The first steepings are very, very malty with a light chocolate flavor, pudding sweetness and hints of violet. As the tea continues steeping, it gets a thick dried apple quality with cherry bark and palm sugar undertones... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

5 g.6-8
oz.
use 175° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
add 10 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 175° watersteep 8 seconds
add 4 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

5 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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