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2021 Autumn Laoshan Gongfu Black

2021 Autumn Laoshan Gongfu Black

Crafted By the He Family

Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family was one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
  • true
    100
    chocolate
    true
    70
    cinnamon, ginger, tulsi
    true
    60
    cherry
    true
    70
    malted milk
    true
    buddy, mineral-driven

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - chocolate
    • spice - cinnamon, ginger, tulsi
    • fruit - cherry
    • savory - malted milk
    • texture - buddy, mineral-driven
    • DATE OF PICKINGOctober 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Intensely chocolatey and mineral-driven - the new harvest is here!

    This tea highlights Mr. He’s delicate and meticulous hand rolling and straightening technique developed in producing Pine Needle Green, but introducing 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.


  • 'Over several days, Mr. and Mrs. He and their daughter QingQing walked us through the intensive processes involved in making Laoshan Black Tea. Making just 10 pounds of black tea in Laoshan takes 4 to 6 people three full days to process after picking!'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    4
    205
    8 seconds
    3-4
    4
    12
    room temp
    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.4 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 3-4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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