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2021 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea

2021 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea

Crafted by the He Family

This herbal tea is finished from the giant leaves of Laoshan sweet potato plants, carefully hand-finished and oxidized in a collaborative neighborhood project overseen by the He Family with a technique similar to their reserve Laoshan black tea.
  • true
    100
    Roasted sweet potato, barley malt
    true
    70
    honey
    true
    80
    licorice root, cinnamon
    true
    60
    elderberry
    true
    lingering, mouth-watering sweetness

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - Roasted sweet potato, barley malt
    • floral - honey
    • spice - licorice root, cinnamon
    • fruit - elderberry
    • texture - lingering, mouth-watering sweetness
    • DATE OF PICKINGOctober 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500 M
    • laoshan sweet potatoTea Varietal

    Incredibly sweet, smooth and lingering - the fresh 2021 autumn harvest is here!

    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 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.


  • '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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