This spring pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan.
We expect this tea to arrive in late August. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once these teas have arrived in the US.
Crafted By the He Family
Real pioneers & leaders in Laoshan's tea commmunity, the He family hand picks their tea from their 15 acre farm, hand finished in their own small workshop.
chocolate brownies, waffle cone
cherry, elderberry jam
minerality, sweet lingering
savory - chocolate brownies, waffle cone
fruit - cherry, elderberry jam
spice - cinnamon
floral - honey
texture - minerality, sweet lingering
DATE OF PICKINGMay 12, 2021
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
longjing quntiTea Varietal
This new 2021 spring harvest is now in stock!
The He Family’s Laoshan Black has become their most famous tea, earning them features in the US and Chinese news media for their innovative work. This tea is fed by Laoshan’s famously sweet mountain spring water and oxidized traditionally for three days before finishing to bring out rich chocolate notes. This year's spring was particularly cool with its start a full two weeks later than usual. Rich, full bodied and satisfying, Laoshan Black has become our benchmark for all other black teas.
Gan Zao Ye (Wild Jujube) is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that grows unmanaged and wild on the slopes of Laoshan. The He family forages a li[...]
As low as$1.25
Spring 2021 Update from the Fields
Early spring in Laoshan this year came late, but stayed consistently cool and misty for a perfectly-aligned harvest.
In recent years, spring has fluctuated between freezing nights and warm days, forcing the He Family to leave their greenhouse covers on longer, but this year, the nights were temperate enough to remove the greenhouse covers early, letting the buds slowly form in the open ocean air. The results are spectacular, one of the first harvests in many years to line up with ideal conditions, letting the He Family focus more on picking and finishing craft and less on emergency field management.
What this means for the tea itself is smaller yields but extremely sweet, rich and aromatic brews packed with more minerality and textural nuance.
photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2021
'In their own words, Mr. He and Verdant co-owner He Qingqing take us behind-the-scenes at their family workshop to show the meticulous care that goes into making their famous Laoshan Black tea'
4 g.6-8 oz.use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times add 15-30 sec. each infusion
5 g.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 2-3 seconds add 3 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings