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2022 Reserve Pine Needle Green

2022 Reserve Pine Needle Green

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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 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.
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    clover honey
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    cucumber
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    ginger, coriander
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    creme pattisserie
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    melon
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    minerality

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - clover honey
    • vegetal - cucumber
    • spice - ginger, coriander
    • savory - creme pattisserie
    • fruit - melon
    • texture - minerality
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 18, 2022
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONSEA LEVEL
    • Longjing QuntiTea Varietal

    Mr. He’s daughter Qingqing, co-owner of Verdant Tea, pioneered this finishing style with her father. She loves the long delicate twisting technique for the way the leaves dance in a glass pitcher as they unfold yielding a delicate nuanced brew that lasts over multiple steepings. The hand pulled and twisted finish on this early shade-grown reserve harvest shows off the delicate deep-green buds that the family picks with so much care, cultivating with sustainable chemical free farming, and fed by sweet mountain spring water.

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!

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
Mr. He makes Laoshan Biluochun
fresh 2022 Laoshan tea leaves
2022 Reserve Laoshan Biluochun
Liu Jiaqi's father with fresh Laoshan tea
Liu MuMu learns about tea with his grandmother

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2022


The He Family also recommends:

  1. 2022 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black
    2022 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black
    Laoshan Gongfu Black is one of the most difficult finishes for the He Family, requiring flat-pressing and hand-twisting and curling to achieve the final shape and finish. Mr. He saves this technique for his finest spring harvests, and this spring, the He Family set aside earlier than usual harvest to finish as this year's classic Gongfu Black for a creamy honey-and-biscuit-cookie flavor and intriguing mineral-driven sparkle in the aftertaste.
  2. 2022 Reserve Laoshan Gongfu Black
    2022 Reserve Laoshan Gongfu Black

    Laoshan Gongfu Black is one of the most difficult finishes for the He Family, requiring flat-pressing and hand-twisting and curling to achieve the final shape and finish. Mr. He saves this technique for his finest spring harvests, and this year, the He Family has reserved a small harvest of a very special grade of Laoshan Gongfu Black. The hand-twisted 'pine needles' are made with the buddy early harvest shade-grown picking, while the tea plants are still protected from the early spring cold of Laoshan's unique northern climate.

  3. 2022 Spring Laoshan Biluochun
    2022 Spring Laoshan Biluochun
    Classic Laoshan Bilochun is picked after the He Family removes the protective greenhouse coverings from their tea at the end of the cold season. The hand-twisting and slow finishing process of bilochun is Mr. He’s personal favorite, making this his own daily go-to tea. Hand-processing brings out even thicker texture and sweeter creamier flavors than classic Laoshan Green.
  • 'Thankfully 2019-2020 was a mild winter compared to the last two years, meaning that the plants in China’s northernmost tea growing region did not suffer frost damage. The He Family's plants have been able to recover, and this new recovery growth has been rich and tender, a boon for the He Family after so many difficult years.'

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    6-8
    175
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    6
    175
    5 seconds
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    12
    76
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 175° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

Product Photo Gallery

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
Mr. He makes Laoshan Biluochun
fresh 2022 Laoshan tea leaves
2022 Reserve Laoshan Biluochun
Liu Jiaqi's father with fresh Laoshan tea
Liu MuMu learns about tea with his grandmother

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2022

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