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Laoshan Herbal Tasting Kit

Laoshan Herbal Tasting Kit

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This bundle includes five 25g bags of naturally caffeine-free wild-foraged herbal tea for 125g total (25 sessions).

The He Family in Laoshan is bringing green tea craft to wild-foraged caffeine-free herbals picked within the Laoshan ecological preserve in extremely limited quantities. This kit is an introduction to the way that tea craft brings nuance, depth and complexity to plants beyond camellia sinensis, and offers satisfying diverse and fully caffeine-free flavors perfect for any time of day.

The He Family is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and meticulous hand-finishing craft in the workshop. This kit is an invitation to see their craft in action, from rich sweet jujube to fruity and creamy huai hua blossoms.

This bundle includes three 25g bags of naturally caffeine-free wild-foraged herbal tea for 75g total (15 sessions).

The He Family in Laoshan is bringing green tea craft to wild-foraged caffeine-free herbals picked within the Laoshan ecological preserve in extremely limited quantities. This kit is an introduction to the way that tea craft brings nuance, depth and complexity to plants beyond camellia sinensis, and offers satisfying diverse and fully caffeine-free flavors perfect for any time of day.

The He Family is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and meticulous hand-finishing craft in the workshop. This kit is an invitation to see their craft in action.

This bundle includes eight caffeine-free wild-foraged herbal teas for 200g total (roughly 40 brewing sessions).

The He Family and the Lu Family in Laoshan are bringing green tea craft to wild-foraged caffeine-free herbals picked within the Laoshan Ecological Preserve in extremely limited quantities. This kit is an introduction to the way that tea craft brings nuance, depth and complexity to plants beyond camellia sinensis, and offers satisfying diverse and fully caffeine-free flavors perfect for any time of day. The He Family and the Li Family are dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and meticulous hand-finishing craft in the workshop. This kit is an invitation to see their craft in action.

This bundle includes seven caffeine-free wild-foraged herbal teas for 175g total (roughly 35 brewing sessions).

The He Family and the Lu Family in Laoshan are bringing green tea craft to wild-foraged caffeine-free herbals picked within the Laoshan Ecological Preserve in extremely limited quantities. This kit is an introduction to the way that tea craft brings nuance, depth and complexity to plants beyond camellia sinensis, and offers satisfying diverse and fully caffeine-free flavors perfect for any time of day. The He Family and the Li Family are dedicated to sustainable agriculture, and meticulous hand-finishing craft in the workshop. This kit is an invitation to see their craft in action.

 Taste the He Families' tisanes: 

Wild Laoshan Gan Zao Ye (25g)

Gan Zao Ye (Wild Jujube) is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that grows unmanaged and wild on the slopes of Laoshan. The He family forages a limited quantity each spring and hand-processes it just like a traditional green tea with withering, firing and curling. The final result is packed with just as much flavor complexity (and antioxidants) as a traditional tea. The delicate leaves spring open and release a deep sweet toasted oat aroma. The first sips are similar to genmaicha- green tea mixed with toasted puffed rice. As the tea steeps out it shows off complex notes of goji berry, coconut, eucalyptus, and cardamom. The aftertaste is supremely sweet, cooling and refreshing.

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Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea (25g)

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.

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Laoshan Huai Flower Tea (25g)

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.

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Laoshan Artemisia Tea (25g)

Delicate Laoshan Artemisia blossoms are wild-picked by Mr. Lu in the spring to capture their intensely sweet flavor. Artemisia is related to mugwort and wormwood, but instead of vegetal flavor, it is uniquely sweet, floral and chocolatey. As a member of the He Jia Cooperative and friend of Mr. He, Mr. Lu is dedicated to finishing caffeine-free herbal teas like this one in Laoshan.

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Laoshan Huai Mi Hua (25g)

While the He Family produces a beautiful Huai Flower tea of their own, they personally recommended the Lu Family's stunningly tiny huai blossoms as showing off another side of Laoshan's unique flavor. The Lu family works with the He Family in the same cooperative, so they collaborate on exciting projects like this one. The Huai Flower is a member of the Sophora family and has sweet rich notes of honey, cherry, licorice and sesame.

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Laoshan Toasted Rice (25g)

Grown by the Lu Family, harvested with hulls intact (like brown rice), this is then toasted on the Lu Family’s tea finishing equipment for an even toastiness. This tea is nostalgic like Genmaicha or Korean barley tea, and makes a fantastic addition to your favorite Laoshan Green. Their finishing craft makes this incredibly rich, deep, creamy and packed with notes of caramel and brown sugar.

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Laoshan Dandelion Root (25g)

Dandelion grows wild across Laoshan, and while the He Family finishes dandelion leaves as a green tea, the Lu Family digs up the roots to dry and toast for a rich deep complex caffeine-free herbal tea harvested at the peak of sweetness for a malty, honeyed flavor and notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and licorice.

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Laoshan Yu Zhu Tea (25g)

The Lu Family wild-forages Yu Zhu (or Solomon's seal) root within the Laoshan Ecological Preserve and gives it a deep dark roast on their tea finishing equipment back at the workshop. This is a far cry from typical pale sliced Yu Zhu you might see at a traditional Chinese medicine apothecary - the Lu Family keeps their Yu Zhu in big whole pieces for an even roast, yielding rich peanut butter flavor and sweet notes of brown sugar.

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Wild Laoshan Mulberry Leaf (25g)

The He Family is continuing their tradition again this year of wild-foraging caffeine-free native Laoshan herbs and using their expertise at green tea processing to finish the leaves like a traditional green tea. While Shandong native Lu mulberry leaf would normally be simply air-dried for use in medicinal tea, the He Family has applied withering, heat-fixing, curling and tumble-drying to bring out much richer and more subtle flavor through their craft. We are excited to share the He Family's herbal teas once again this spring season, and to offer a look at the flavor of Laoshan from another plant entirely different from camellia sinensis!

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Laoshan Goji Leaf Tea (25g)

A member of the Solanaceae family, the caffeine-free Goji berry plant (Lycium barbarum) grows wild across Northern China - including on the slopes of Laoshan in Shandong. Though the plant is most famous for its berries, its dried leaves have been a part of traditional medicine in China for centuries. Early this spring, the He Family foraged young and tender spring goji leaves and carefully finished them with green tea processing and an open leaf style. We are so excited for the opportunity to share this experimental tea from the He Family!

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Laoshan Honeysuckle Flower Tea (25g)

Honeysuckle bushes grow across Laoshan and Mr. Lu knows just the right secret spots and picking windows to capture juicy sweet wild honeysuckle, drying it at his Laoshan workshop in bamboo baskets and offering it up as an exquisite and unique caffeine-free herbal tea.

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  • "Over centuries, people realized tea was sweeter and more delicious with processing than it was fresh or simply dried. Now, the He Family is applying tea craft to other herbs, with results beyond our understanding of herbal teas..."

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