New, fresh, early summer harvest green tea now available . . .
Fresh 2013 Harvest now available!
Last year, the He Family’s early Summer harvest tasted like summer- rich and full, cooling and refreshing. It was one of the most exciting and satisfying harvests from Laoshan that we’d tried from Laoshan so far, which is why we’re pleased to offer early summer Laoshan Green once again this year.
This second Summer Harvest from the He Family is a beautiful surprise. Where the first summer harvest was more energetically robust, spinachy, bean-y and green, this June harvest is smooth, creamy and cooling. First steepings evoke cool, sweet cream and mellow, slightly cooling vegetals, sweet grass and soy bean. The texture of this tea in the mouth is pronounced and engaging, leaving a distinct tingling feeling on the tongue while drinking and for many moments immediately after sipping. Reminiscent of this year’s Spring Laoshan Bilochun, there’s a refreshing note of cucumber and of green tea dusted with sweet matcha powder.
Later steepings hold surprises like distinct notes of floral or melon with sparkling sweetness. Distant notes of jasmine mix with a warming under-current of brown sugar or miso, and the early cooling sensations grow to mint, juicy and sweet like spearmint. Long steepings bring out supporting woody undertones that verge on a hint of spice. Throughout each steeping, this unique summer harvest remains mellow and sweet, refreshing with that unique tingling sensation.
Date of Picking:June 21st - 22nd 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:Small leaf and buds, naturally shaded by ocean mist, and ivy trellises, wilted in bamboo baskets, curled and fired at low temperature.
Quantity Acquired:This is a twenty pound edition
Sourcing Agent(s):David Duckler, after spending months in Laoshan Village on a tea research grant.
Verdant Tea Founder, David Duckler, Brewing Summer Harvest Laoshan Green
If possible, use filtered or spring water, freshly boiled.
Western Brewing: Use one teaspoon of leaves per cup of water. If possible, use a glass tea pot or brewing pitcher to enjoy the performance of the leaves as they unfurl and begin to dance around. Steep for no more than one minute with 175 degree water, or until most of the leaves have sunk to the bottom of the vessel. If you don’t have a thermometer, just wait for the smallest bubbles to start coming up, and the water will be ready. Enjoy at least 3 infusions. Try to limit your vessel to one cup of water or less for the best experience.
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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