This spring pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan.
We expect this tea to arrive in late June. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once these teas have arrived in the US.
Crafted by the He Family
Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family was one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
tingling, thick, creamy
savory - malted milk
vegetal - snap peas
spice - ginger, spearmint
floral - vanilla
texture - tingling, thick, creamy
DATE OF PICKINGMay 8, 2021
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
Longjing QuntiTea Varietal
The new 2021 harvest is in-stock and shipping now!
Laoshan Green was the first tea produced at Taiqing temple by the Taoist monks of Laoshan. The plants were originally brought to the region from Dragonwell, and slowly allowed to adapt to the unique cold ocean climate of the area. The He Family’s Laoshan Green is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques. The result is rich, fresh flavor full of Laoshan's famous sweet vegetal-savory soy bean flavor aroma.
Laoshan Gongfu Black is one of the most difficult finishes for the He Family, requiring flat-pressing and hand-twisting and curling to achieve the [...]
As low as$3.00
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
'Last year brought 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'
5 g.6-8 oz.use 175° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times add 15 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 8-10 seconds add 4 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings