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2024 Spring Laoshan Pine Needle Green

2024 Spring Laoshan Pine Needle Green

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Unique Finish Green Tea
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. Early harvest with notes of fresh mint, rosemary, apple and toasted oat.
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. The fresh 2024 harvest is available to pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
ETA: end of June ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Unique Finish Green Tea
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. Early harvest with notes of fresh mint, rosemary, apple and toasted oat.
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. The fresh 2024 harvest is available to 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

    Mr. He’s daughter Qingqing, co-owner of Verdant Tea, pioneered this finishing style with her father. The hand pulled and twisted finish on this classic spring 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. These spring buds and tender leaves are picked after the protective winter green house covers are removed for season.

  • true
    80
    toasted oat
    true
    70
    nutmeg, rosemary
    true
    100
    fresh mint
    true
    60
    green apple
    true
    50
    vanilla
    true
    cooling minerality

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - toasted oat
    • spice - nutmeg, rosemary
    • vegetal - fresh mint
    • fruit - green apple
    • floral - vanilla
    • texture - cooling minerality

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

  • '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.'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    175
    5 seconds
    4
    5
    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
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