Verdant Tea

2021 Reserve Flat Pressed Laoshan Green

2021 Reserve Flat Pressed Laoshan Green


Crafted By the He Family

This tea is part of the He Family's reserve collection, chosen by Mr. He as the best representation of Laoshan's potential and his family's values in crafting and picking.
  • true
    honey, wisteria
    bamboo, rosemary
    whipped cream
    crisp taut minerality

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - mango
    • floral - honey, wisteria
    • vegetal - bamboo, rosemary
    • spice - cedar
    • savory - whipped cream
    • texture - crisp taut minerality
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 9, 2020
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    This special hand picked, hand made tea was picked this year during the very best spring picking window for the He Family's "Da Tian" harvest - picked just after the greenhouse protection was removed. When this greenhouse protection is removed, the plants get their first taste of sunlight, and combine the textural intensity and sweetness of shade-grown tea with the aroma and aftertaste that early sunlight brings out. The flat-pressing process that Mr. He uses to finish this fresh spring harvest is inspired by Dragonwell green tea. In fact, Laoshan tea was originally brought to the area from Dragonwell, so for this cultivar, flat-pressing is a return to its origins. The day-long labor-intensive process to finish this delicate tea makes for beautiful leaves to brew in glass. The flavor is lighter but the aroma and sweetness more pronounced with flat-pressing.

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

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  • 'Thankfully 2019-2020 was a mild winter compared to the last two years, meaning that the plants in China’s northernmost tea growing region did not suffer frost damage. The He Family's plants have been able to recover, and this new recovery growth has been rich and tender, a boon for the He Family after so many difficult years.'

  • 4
    20 seconds
    8 seconds
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


    4 g.6-8
    use 175° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion


    4 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings


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

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photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2021

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