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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 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. 2022 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black
    2022 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black

    Hand-Twisted Craft Black Tea. First flat-pressed, then hand twisted, Laoshan Gongfu Black is a difficult finish favored by the He Family to bring out sparkling minerality in their tea. This spring tea has notes of rose, caramel flan and tropical citrus.

  • '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

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