Verdant Tea

2021 Spring Laoshan Black

2021 Spring Laoshan Black



This spring 2022 pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan and is available to reserve on pre-order while supplies last.

This tea is expected to ship around the end of June. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once all teas in your order have arrived.

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.
  • true
    chocolate brownies, waffle cone
    cherry, elderberry jam
    minerality, sweet lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • 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
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • 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.

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Spring 2022 Update from the Fields

Cold weather in Laoshan means smaller yields, and a long season of shade-grown covered green tea before the protective greenhouse coverings come down. The He Family has just finished their shade-grown early spring harvests - including Reserve Pine Needle Green and Flat Pressed green teas - with pre-orders now open! 

Not only is He Qingqing busy helping her parents finish this spring's fresh tea, but she and her husband are also celebrating the arrival of their son Liu Mu-Mu, just a few months old and already helping with the fresh Flat Pressed Laoshan Green. Congratulations to the He Family for a wonderful new spring season!

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
Mr. He makes Laoshan Biluochun
fresh 2022 Laoshan tea leaves
2022 Reserve Laoshan Biluochun
Liu Jiaqi's father with fresh Laoshan Biluochun
Liu MuMu learns about tea with his grandmother

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2022

  • '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
    30 seconds
    2-3 seconds
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


    4 g.6-8
    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 steeping
    enjoy many steepings


    5 g.12
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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