Laoshan's spring harvests are beautifully creamy teas with the sweetness of oat cereal and vanilla soy milk . . .
The fresh 2015 Spring harvest of the He Family’s Laoshan Green tea is coming soon! The tasting notes below are from Spring 2014.
We had the privilege of visiting Mr. and Mrs. He in Laoshan Village to help with the last spring harvest, and work with them to bring out everything we love most about Laoshan Green. The He family leads a farmer’s cooperative devoted to fully organic farming methods and traditional hand picking. Their tea, grown between the slopes of Taoist holy Mountain Laoshan and the ocean is shaded by mist helping it grow sweet and rich.
Mr. He leads the whole village in innovation, constantly working to grow better and better tea, not only sharing the techiques with fellow farmers but investing in equipment for the whole cooperative. His devotion to the land is unwavering, resulting in what we think is one of the absolute finest green teas in the world.
Mr. He speaks about his commitment to organic farming
This tea has an intense oat cereal flavor bolstered by the vegetal notes of sugar snap peas and the silky luscious cream of vanilla-infused almond milk. As this tea steeps out, the sweet vegetal notes meld together into a refreshing cucumber-like flavor, and lingering lychee fruit aftertaste.
The leaves are so tender that after the tea is steeped out, you can eat the leaves whole for a sweet, delicate snack. The spring harvest is always the creamiest harvest of the year, with the most nuanced sweet aftertaste. Make sure you get to try this incredible harvest while it is fresh.
Date of Picking:April 20th, 2015
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, dried over a carefully tended wood fire and curled.
Sourcing Agent(s):Mr. He of Laoshan Village selects 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.
Western Brewing: Use 4g of tea (1T) in 6-8oz of fresh-boiled (175°F) filtered or spring water. Steep for 30 seconds in a brew basket or equivalent. Enjoy many infusions. Add 10-15 seconds with each steeping, or to taste.
Preferred Brewing Methods:
Gongfu Brewing: Do not heat your gaiwan. Add 4 grams of leaves for a medium gaiwan. Use 175 degree water. No need for a rinse. Steep for 3 seconds. Increase steep time after the third steeping by 3 seconds or to taste. Enjoy at least 6 infusions.
Laoshan Style: Cover the bottom of a tempered glass tumbler with leaves. Pour 175 degree water along the edge of the glass so that it does not splash over the leaves, but slowly submerges them. Drink as soon as you can handle the hot cup. Refill with boiling water throughout the day.
Jingshan Style: Boil water to 175 degrees, or until the smallest bubbles start rising to the surface. Fill a tempered glass cup or teapot 2/3 full with the water. Sprinkle 2 tsp of leaves per 8oz of water used in the vessel. Swirl lightly and watch the leaves slowly unfurl and sink. Drink right out of the cup, blowing the leaves to the side, and experience the tea first very light, and then stronger as it continues to steep.
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 water at 175 degrees. 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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