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2022 Laoshan Huai Flower Tea

2022 Laoshan Huai Flower Tea

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Wild flower buds
finished like green tea
The He Family forages caffeine-free Huai Flower buds and gives them a green tea firing and curling finish to bring out complex notes of sweet corn, lilac, quince and licorice.
May 2022 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Wild flower buds
finished like green tea
The He Family forages caffeine-free Huai Flower buds and gives them a green tea firing and curling finish to bring out complex notes of sweet corn, lilac, quince and licorice.
May 2022 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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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, the He Family is dedicated to making a name for their stunningly smooth, malty, rich teas cultivated in China’s coldest, northernmost growing region.
 
This herbal tea is finished with flowers foraged from Laoshan Chinese Scholar Trees on the slopes of Laoshan, carefully hand-finished by the He Family with a technique similar to their reserve Laoshan green teas.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2022
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500 M
    • Styphnolobium japonicumTea Varietal

    The Huai Flower of the Scholar's Tree grows wild across the slopes of Laoshan. The aromatic little flowers have been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years for anti-inflammatory properties. The He Family has been wild-foraging and brewing Huai Hua for as long as they can remember, but this year again they decided to apply their meticulous tea processing to these unique flowers, including withering, heat fixing, curling and drying. The flowers partially oxidize during these processes, bringing out deep complexity and lingering sweet aftertaste.


  • true
    80
    masa corn cakes
    true
    75
    marigold, lilac
    true
    60
    quince, mandarin
    true
    65
    licorice, cardamom
    true
    sweet, honeyed

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - masa corn cakes
    • floral - marigold, lilac
    • fruit - quince, mandarin
    • spice - licorice, cardamom
    • texture - sweet, honeyed

The He Family also recommends:

  1. 2021 Autumn Laoshan Black
    2021 Autumn Laoshan Black

    The He Family’s Most Popular Tea. This cool autumn season harvest black tea is packed with flavor and aromatics, fully oxidized and roasted to achieve the iconic malty, chocolatey, honeyed Laoshan Black flavor.

  2. 2021 Spring Laoshan Roasted Oolong
    2021 Spring Laoshan Roasted Oolong
    Laoshan Roasted Oolong is the most technically-demanding and labor-intensive tea that the He Family produces. As one of the first people in Northern China to take on oolong craft, Mr. He is defining the flavor and value of this new tea for the entire region. He starts with tender hand-picked leaves from his mountain-spring fed ocean-facing plot, and allows them a full two days to oxidize before beginning the critical kneading and shaking stage that brings out deep rich fruit and florals not normally present. These flavors are locked in with a heavy roast for a tea with the satisfying body of Laoshan Black but with the subtlety of the fine oolong.
  3. 2022 Laoshan Goji Leaf Tea
    2022 Laoshan Goji Leaf Tea

    A member of the Solanaceae family, the caffeine-free Goji berry plant (Lycium barbarum) grows wild across Northern China - including on the slopes of Laoshan in Shandong. Though the plant is most famous for its berries, its dried leaves have been a part of traditional medicine in China for centuries. Early this spring, the He Family foraged young and tender spring goji leaves and carefully finished them with green tea processing and an open leaf style. We are so excited for the opportunity to share this another experimental tea from the He Family!


  • 'By putting all the cultural value that the word “tea” inspires behind just one species of plant, we are missing the opportunity to appreciate the craft, devotion and subtle taste experience of other plants. The cultural weight of the word tea should be awarded based not on plant species, but on craft. After all, it was the craft of tea that originally made it necessary to distinguish cha (茶) and tu (荼)'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    175
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

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

    Iced/Cold

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

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