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2021 Spring Laoshan Black

2021 Spring Laoshan Black

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Iconic Chocolatey Malty
Laoshan Black
Hearty rich + malty northern cool-climate tea, hand-picked, fully oxidized, rolled and fired in a family workshop. The He Family brings out notes of chocolate brownie, cinnamon, cherry and honey.
May 2021 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Iconic Chocolatey Malty
Laoshan Black
Hearty rich + malty northern cool-climate tea, hand-picked, fully oxidized, rolled and fired in a family workshop. The He Family brings out notes of chocolate brownie, cinnamon, cherry and honey.
May 2021 ♦ 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.
 
Grown using old-school organic farming techniques on the rocky foothills of Laoshan, protected by ocean mist and fed by sweet spring water.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 12, 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    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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    98
    chocolate brownies, waffle cone
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    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

The He Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Autumn Laoshan Green Oolong
    2022 Autumn Laoshan Green Oolong
    This tea is the He Family's answer to the challenge that oolong is only for southern China. Despite Laoshan Village only having fifty years of tea cultivation and oolong being the most technically demanding kind of tea in the world to produce, Mr. He comes through brilliantly. The careful kneading and rolling brings out a beautiful, pure expression of the minerality of the soil and the water. This tea is processed without a roast for a true green flavor of Laoshan.
  2. Autumn Laoshan Pine Needle Green
    Autumn Laoshan Pine Needle Green

    Long, slender hand-twisted green tea loose leaf picked in the early autumn from organic cultivation rocky fields, finished to show off the beauty of the young buds. The flavor is delicate, mineral-driven and sweet through every steeping thanks to the careful hand-finishing, cold northern climate, and innovative growing techniques.

  3. 2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea
    2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea

    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.

Spring 2022 Update from the Fields

Cold weather in Laoshan means smaller yields, and a long season of shade-grown covered green tea before the protective greenhouse coverings come down. 

A very mild spring with very little rainfall has made for particularly concentrated creamy textural green tea and black tea. Cool weather persisted longer than usual, which kept protective shaded coverings on through April. This meant slow growth, but particularly tender sweet buds.

Not only is He Qingqing busy helping her parents finish this spring's fresh tea, but she and her husband are also celebrating the arrival of their son Liu Mu-Mu, just a few months old and already helping with the fresh Flat Pressed Laoshan Green.

Congratulations to the He Family for a wonderful spring season!