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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.

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    masa corn cakes
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    marigold, lilac
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    quince, mandarin
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    licorice, cardamom
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    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. 2022 Autumn Laoshan Biluochun
    2022 Autumn Laoshan Biluochun

    This is the He Family’s iconic loose leaf green tea: organic farming, curled leaves that dance in the cup, all carefully hand-finished for rich creamy flavor. Delicate hand-picked buds and leaves are withered in bamboo baskets, and carefully hand curled and rolled under low heat to form beautiful long twists that unfold gracefully in a glass teapot or tumbler. The fresh and delicate leaf material is the first new growth of the cool autumn season as the weather starts turning and the mornings and nights are misty again. 

  2. 2022 Autumn Laoshan Gongfu Black
    2022 Autumn Laoshan Gongfu Black

    Mr He uses meticulous black tea loose leaf finishing techniques to twist and curl these beautiful buds, using traditional sun-oxidation to make a rich and deeply complex black tea. The result is Lashan’s most mineral-forward and complex black tea to date. This tea is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques including growing rows of soybean between rows of tea to restore nitrates to the soil. The finished tea picks up the rocky minerality of the soil, and careful low temperature roasting brings out deep brown sugar sweetness.

  3. 2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea
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    This year is the fourth fantastic harvest of the He Family's new osmanthus-scented black tea. Once again, the He Family is sharing a rich reserve-level Autumn Harvest Laoshan Black, scented during finishing with tiny hand-picked Laoshan Osmanthus flowers. The brown sugar, honey and fruity chocolate notes are melded together perfectly with the luscious almost creamy floral of the He Family’s meticulously hand-harvested Osmanthus blossoms. This tea is one of the hardest to make in the He Family collection since the local osmanthus blossoms are so small that they have to pick thousands just to make tiny batch of finished tea, but the results are worth the effort.


  • '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)'

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