A silky sweet experimental crop with Laoshan's signature sugar snap pea flavor and the crispness of white tea. . . .
After decades of innovation and working to perfect their green tea, the village of Laoshan has entered a golden age of diversity in their tea offerings. Just a year ago, our friends, the He family, started making black tea as an experimental crop, improving with each harvest. This black tea has quickly become our most popular offering. Now, for the first time, Laoshan White tea is available.
By steaming the tea leaves lightly after picking instead of allowing them to wilt in bamboo baskets and oxidize, a kind of white tea is produced. This processing difference creates an intriguing difference in taste. While Laoshan Green is creamy and savory like green beans, the Laoshan white is in a different league.
The predominant texture is extremely silky on the sides of the tongue with a slightly tingling texture on the tip of the tongue. All together it creates a crisp and fresh sensation. The flavor still references the signature green bean quality of Laoshan, but moves towards a sugar-snap pea flavor, and very light notes of clover honey. The silkiness of the texture creates the sensation of chilled almond milk with vanilla.
Read the story of how this tea got its unique name.
Date of Picking:May, 2012 Spring Harvest
Location of Picking:He Family Farm, Laoshan Village, Shandong Province
What Was Picked:Young leaf material with buds, steamed to halt oxidization, curled and dried.
Quantity Acquired:Approximately 8 kilograms.
Sourcing Agent(s):Weiwei Ren had the privilege of trying this on her last trip to Laoshan Village.
Preferred Brewing Method: Bring filtered water or spring water to a gentle boil and allow to cool to 175 degrees. Limit infusions to six ounces or less, using about four grams of tea for six ounces of water. Pour water into a glass tumbler and sprinkle tea on top. Allow it to steep for about 20 seconds, swirling the glass periodically. Pour the tea off through a strainer into a second glass and enjoy, or place a brew basket into the cup before adding leaves and remove when steeped. Increase steep time to 25 seconds for steeping 2-3, and 35 seconds for steepings 4-5.
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