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2024 Spring Laoshan Black

2024 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 toffee brownie, cinnamon, pear and vanilla.
Hearty rich + malty northern cool-climate tea, hand-picked, fully oxidized, rolled and fired in a family workshop. The new 2024 harvest is picking now available to reserve on pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
ETA: end of June ♦ 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 toffee brownie, cinnamon, pear and vanilla.
Hearty rich + malty northern cool-climate tea, hand-picked, fully oxidized, rolled and fired in a family workshop. The new 2024 harvest is picking now available to reserve on pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
ETA: end of June ♦ 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.
 
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 2024
    • 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. Rich, full bodied and satisfying, Laoshan Black has become our benchmark for all other black teas.

  • true
    80
    toffee brownies
    true
    70
    cinnamon
    true
    65
    poached pear
    true
    50
    vanilla
    true
    honeyed

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - toffee brownies
    • spice - cinnamon
    • fruit - poached pear
    • floral - vanilla
    • texture - honeyed

The He Family also recommends:

Spring 2024 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!

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
fresh picked Laoshan tea buds
fresh 2023 Laoshan tea leaves
making Reserve Laoshan Biluochun green
brewing fresh Laoshan green tea
spring 2023 Laoshan tea plants

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2024

  • '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'

  • 4
    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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