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2023 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea

2023 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea

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Sweet, savory
caffeine-free Laoshan herbal
The He Family applies a black tea finish to giant sweet potato leaves, a difficult meticulous process that brings out sweet potato, marshmallow, cinnamon and jujube flavor notes.
October 2023 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
AUTUMN PRE-ORDERETA week of 10/31
Sweet, savory
caffeine-free Laoshan herbal
The He Family applies a black tea finish to giant sweet potato leaves, a difficult meticulous process that brings out sweet potato, marshmallow, cinnamon and jujube flavor notes.
October 2023 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
AUTUMN PRE-ORDERETA week of 10/31
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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.

AUTUMN 2022 PRE-ORDER

This autumn 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 October. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once all teas in your order have arrived.

    • DATE OF PICKINGOctober 2023
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500 M
    • laoshan sweet potatoTea Varietal

    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. The He Family has 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 once again offer the majority of the harvest while it lasts.

  • true
    90
    sweet potato
    true
    90
    chicory, cinnamon, sandalwood
    true
    70
    jujube
    true
    75
    marshmallow
    true
    sweet, creamy

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - sweet potato
    • spice - chicory, cinnamon, sandalwood
    • fruit - jujube
    • savory - marshmallow
    • texture - sweet, creamy


the He Family also recommends:

  • 'As they steep, the reddish dry leaves pop open almost as quickly as green Gan Zao Ye, yielding beautiful leaves that get a touch greener with each infusion. The first steepings are very, very malty with a light chocolate flavor, pudding sweetness and hints of violet. As the tea continues steeping, it gets a thick dried apple quality with cherry bark and palm sugar undertones'

  • 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

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