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2023 Laoshan Huai Flower Tea

2023 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 whole wheat, rose, goji and allspice.
Spring 2023 ♦ 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 whole wheat, rose, goji and allspice.
Spring 2023 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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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 PICKINGSpring 2023
    • 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 oxidize very lightly during these processes, bringing out deep complexity and lingering sweet aftertaste.

  • true
    100
    marigold, rose
    true
    70
    whole wheat bread
    true
    85
    tangerine, goji
    true
    40
    allspice, anise
    true
    lingering, juicy, sweet

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - marigold, rose
    • savory - whole wheat bread
    • fruit - tangerine, goji
    • spice - allspice, anise
    • texture - lingering, juicy, sweet


The He Family also recommends:


  • '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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