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2022 Laoshan Huai Flower Tea

2022 Laoshan Huai Flower Tea

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Wild flower buds
finished like green tea
The He Family forages caffeine-free Huai Flower buds and gives them a green tea firing and curling finish to bring out complex notes of sweet corn, lilac, quince and licorice.
May 2022 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Wild flower buds
finished like green tea
The He Family forages caffeine-free Huai Flower buds and gives them a green tea firing and curling finish to bring out complex notes of sweet corn, lilac, quince and licorice.
May 2022 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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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, the He Family is dedicated to making a name for their stunningly smooth, malty, rich teas cultivated in China’s coldest, northernmost growing region.
 
This herbal tea is finished with flowers foraged from Laoshan Chinese Scholar Trees on the slopes of Laoshan, carefully hand-finished by the He Family with a technique similar to their reserve Laoshan green teas.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2022
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500 M
    • Styphnolobium japonicumTea Varietal

    The Huai Flower of the Scholar's Tree grows wild across the slopes of Laoshan. The aromatic little flowers have been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years for anti-inflammatory properties. The He Family has been wild-foraging and brewing Huai Hua for as long as they can remember, but this year again they decided to apply their meticulous tea processing to these unique flowers, including withering, heat fixing, curling and drying. The flowers partially oxidize during these processes, bringing out deep complexity and lingering sweet aftertaste.

  • true
    80
    masa corn cakes
    true
    75
    marigold, lilac
    true
    60
    quince, mandarin
    true
    65
    licorice, cardamom
    true
    sweet, honeyed

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - masa corn cakes
    • floral - marigold, lilac
    • fruit - quince, mandarin
    • spice - licorice, cardamom
    • texture - sweet, honeyed


The He Family also recommends:

  1. 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.

  2. 2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea
    2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea

    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.

  3. 2022 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea
    2022 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea

    The sweet potato is the most iconic fixture of Shandong province, and grows in every family garden in Laoshan village and up the mountainside. For decades, villagers have harvested semi-wild sweet potato from within the Laoshan National Park between rocky outcroppings and gnarled trees. As Laoshan tea becomes more famous and brings a better standard of living to the region, sweet potato has become a less critical crop, but this tea honors the tradition by applying tea finishing technique to foraged sweet potato leaf. This year's Sweet Potato Leaf tea is a collaboration between the whole neighborhood (the He Family District) and the He Famiy's workshop. Working together, several families picked Laoshan sweet potato leaves, then used the He Family's guidance and technique to oxidize the leaves in the sun, wither and roast, similar to black tea processing. This year, the cooperative had to roast the sweet potato leaf five times just to stop oxidation, making this a notably slow and time consuming tea to produce. Only several kilos were made this year, and we are lucky to offer the majority of the harvest while it lasts.


  • 'By putting all the cultural value that the word “tea” inspires behind just one species of plant, we are missing the opportunity to appreciate the craft, devotion and subtle taste experience of other plants. The cultural weight of the word tea should be awarded based not on plant species, but on craft. After all, it was the craft of tea that originally made it necessary to distinguish cha (茶) and tu (荼)'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    175
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    room temp
    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 8 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