Verdant Tea

2021 Reserve Laoshan Biluochun

2021 Reserve Laoshan Biluochun

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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.
  • true
    55
    jasmine
    true
    80
    oat milk
    true
    60
    cucumber, snap pea
    true
    70
    honeyed apricot, juicy pear
    true
    80
    cinnamon horchata
    true
    creamy

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - jasmine
    • savory - oat milk
    • vegetal - cucumber, snap pea
    • fruit - honeyed apricot, juicy pear
    • spice - cinnamon horchata
    • texture - creamy
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 11, 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Mr. He personally hand twists and finished each leaf in this labor-intensive early-spring biluochun style. Laoshan spring comes much later than southern China, so these early spring harvests are picked under cool weather and light sun exposure without their winter greenhouse coverings for sweet and rich flavor. The nuance of the bilochun processing style brings out the subtle minerality of the Laoshan microclimate.

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
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    4
    6
    175
    10 seconds
    8
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

    4 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 8 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    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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