Verdant Tea

2021 Spring Laoshan Black

2021 Spring Laoshan Black

Crafted By the He Family

Real pioneers & leaders in Laoshan's tea commmunity, the He family hand picks their tea from their 15 acre farm, hand finished in their own small workshop.
  • true
    100
    chocolate brownies, waffle cone
    true
    75
    cherry, elderberry jam
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    50
    cinnamon
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    40
    honey
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    minerality, sweet lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - chocolate brownies, waffle cone
    • fruit - cherry, elderberry jam
    • spice - cinnamon
    • floral - honey
    • texture - minerality, sweet lingering
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 12, 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    This new 2021 spring harvest is now in stock!

    The He Family’s Laoshan Black has become their most famous tea, earning them features in the US and Chinese news media for their innovative work. This tea is fed by Laoshan’s famously sweet mountain spring water and oxidized traditionally for three days before finishing to bring out rich chocolate notes. This year's spring was particularly cool with its start a full two weeks later than usual. Rich, full bodied and satisfying, Laoshan Black has become our benchmark for all other black teas.



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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

  • 'In their own words, Mr. He and Verdant co-owner He Qingqing take us behind-the-scenes at their family workshop to show the meticulous care that goes into making their famous Laoshan Black tea'

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    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    5
    205
    2-3 seconds
    3
    5
    12
    40
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 2-3 seconds
    add 3 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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