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2022 Reserve Laoshan Green Oolong

2022 Reserve Laoshan Green Oolong

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SPRING 2022 PRE-ORDER

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

Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family is one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
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    85
    rosemary, arugula
    true
    60
    coriander
    true
    55
    melon, lemongrass
    true
    40
    vanilla
    true
    65
    whipped cream
    true
    matcha-like, thick, juicy

    Tasting Profile

    • vegetal - rosemary, arugula
    • spice - coriander
    • fruit - melon, lemongrass
    • floral - vanilla
    • savory - whipped cream
    • texture - matcha-like, thick, juicy
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 24, 2022
    • Laoshan Village
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Laoshan Green Oolong takes the beautiful mineral-forward green bean profile of Laoshan Green and gives it an astounding depth and complexity through meticulous labor intensive craftsmanship. Mr. He starts with sweet and fresh shade-grown leaves, then kneads and shakes the leaves to bring out rich florals and fruity undertones. Heat locks in the green quality of this tea before it can oxidize, yielding a fresh pure and honest expression of the unique flavor of the region. This special reserve tea was made from the He Family's early spring shade-grown harvests, picked while the winter greenhouses are still in place to protect against the cold northern climate.


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. 

A very mild spring with very little rainfall has made for particularly concentrated creamy textural green tea and black tea. Cool weather persisted longer than usual, which kept protective shaded coverings on through April. This meant slow growth, but particularly tender sweet buds.

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 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 tea
Liu MuMu learns about tea with his grandmother

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2022

  • 'This year brings about a new threat to tea in Laoshan. After another historically cold winter, the short spring picking window in 2018 was cut off in May by sudden, unexpected extreme heat and intense rains followed right after by alternating unseasonably cold weather. This unprecedented short window to harvest and finish tea after a bitter winter has meant the smallest yield in a generation for the He Family, and for the entire small village of Laoshan'

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    6-8
    175
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    5
    175
    5 seconds
    5-15
    7
    32
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 175° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.5 ozuse 175° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 5-15 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    7 g.32
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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