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2020 Laoshan Dandelion Leaf Tea

2020 Laoshan Dandelion Leaf Tea

Sourced By the the He Family

This herbal tea is finished from wild foraged Laoshan dandelion plants on the slopes of Laoshan, carefully hand-finished by the He Family with a technique similar to their reserve Laoshan green teas.
  • true
    100
    roasted chestnut, butter, walnut smoked daikon
    true
    100
    licorice, toasted burdock, mint
    true
    100
    lemongrass, sun dried tomato
    true
    75
    marigold

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - roasted chestnut, butter, walnut smoked daikon
    • spice - licorice, toasted burdock, mint
    • fruit - lemongrass, sun dried tomato
    • floral - marigold
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
    • Laoshan Village Shandong Province
    • ELEVATION500 M
    • Taraxacum officinaleTea Varietal

    The humble dandelion flower (Taraxacum) grows wild across the slopes of Laoshan in Shandong. Though the plant is sometimes regarded as a weed, all parts of the dandelion plant are edible, and the leaves, flowers, and roots of the dandelion plant have been used throughout history around the world in salads, soups, and traditional remedies. Early this April, the He Family foraged young dandelion leaves from plants growing wild on the protected slopes of Laoshan and carefully finished them just as they would their early spring reserve Laoshan green teas. While fresh dandelion greens are famously bitter, the careful finishing and expert craftsmanship eliminated this for a smooth and sweet brew.


  • '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 After all, it was the craft of tea that originally made it necessary to distinguish cha (茶) and tu (荼)'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.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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