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2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea

2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea

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Rich Osmanthus-Scented
Reserve Black Tea
The He Family hand-picks fresh golden osmanthus and blends them with reserve autumn Laoshan balck tea during finishing for deep luscious notes of vanilla, rose, mango, cardamom, and melted chocolate.
October 2021 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Rich Osmanthus-Scented
Reserve Black Tea
The He Family hand-picks fresh golden osmanthus and blends them with reserve autumn Laoshan balck tea during finishing for deep luscious notes of vanilla, rose, mango, cardamom, and melted chocolate.
October 2021 ♦ 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 PICKINGOctober 2021
    • Laoshan Village
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Balnaced, buddy and perfumed - the fresh 2021 autumn harvest is here!

    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.

  • true
    85
    osmanthus, rose, vanilla
    true
    85
    melted chocolate, cream
    true
    60
    mango, passionfruit
    true
    60
    cardamom
    true
    silky, smooth, creamy, mineral-laden

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - osmanthus, rose, vanilla
    • savory - melted chocolate, cream
    • fruit - mango, passionfruit
    • spice - cardamom
    • texture - silky, smooth, creamy, mineral-laden

The He Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Autumn Laoshan Black
    2022 Autumn Laoshan Black

    The He Family’s Most Popular Tea. This cool autumn season harvest black tea is packed with flavor and aromatics, fully oxidized and roasted to achieve the iconic malty, chocolatey, honeyed Laoshan Black flavor.

  2. 2020 Spring Laoshan Black
    2020 Spring Laoshan Black

    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.

  3. 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.
  • 'Our farmer-partner Mr. He in Laoshan tells the story of the night his father was visited by the exiled Taoists and given seedlings. The priests stole back their tea and gave it to leaders in the community to plant and grow. Mr. He proudly describes how his father planted the tea, watching it flourish.'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    5
    205
    5 seconds
    5-10
    7
    32
    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.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 5-10 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    7 g.32
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy