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2022 Reserve Laoshan Roasted Oolong

2022 Reserve Laoshan Roasted Oolong

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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 in Laoshan Village, the He family is one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
  • true
    80
    brown sugar, maple, carob
    true
    45
    melon
    true
    80
    roasted sweet potato, malted barley
    true
    55
    cinnamon
    true
    30
    vanilla
    true
    lingering, sweet, sparkling

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - brown sugar, maple, carob
    • fruit - melon
    • savory - roasted sweet potato, malted barley
    • spice - cinnamon
    • floral - vanilla
    • texture - lingering, sweet, sparkling
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 26, 2022
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Laoshan Roasted Oolong is a triumph of technique coming together with the iconic chocolatey flavor that Laoshan has become famous for. An eighteen hour process in the workshop brings deep complex minerality, fruity and floral undertones to this fully-oxidized reserve harvest. Since it’s invention just a few seasons ago, the He Family has been sharing their technique with their neighbors; now five families in Laoshan are producing Laoshan Oolong. It is affectionately called “Dou Dou Cha” (little soy bean tea) by everyone in Laoshan, both for Laoshan teas’ unique “soy bean” aroma and for the oolong’s adorable rolled shape. This spring, Mr. He reserved part of his family’s early spring shade-grown harvests specifically to create this special reserve grade Roasted Laoshan Oolong tea.


Spring 2022 Update from the Fields

Cold weather in Laoshan means smaller yields, and a long season of shade-grown covered green tea before the protective greenhouse coverings come down. 

A very mild spring with very little rainfall has made for particularly concentrated creamy textural green tea and black tea. Cool weather persisted longer than usual, which kept protective shaded coverings on through April. This meant slow growth, but particularly tender sweet buds.

Not only is He Qingqing busy helping her parents finish this spring's fresh tea, but she and her husband are also celebrating the arrival of their son Liu Mu-Mu, just a few months old and already helping with the fresh Flat Pressed Laoshan Green.

Congratulations to the He Family for a wonderful spring season!

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
Mr. He makes Laoshan Biluochun
fresh 2022 Laoshan tea leaves
2022 Reserve Laoshan Biluochun
Liu Jiaqi's father with fresh Laoshan tea
Liu MuMu learns about tea with his grandmother

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2022

  • 'Our farmer-partner Mr. He in Laoshan tells the story of the night his father was visited by the exiled Taoists and given seedlings. The priests stole back their tea and gave it to leaders in the community to plant and grow. Mr. He proudly describes how his father planted the tea, watching it flourish.'

  • 4
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    5
    185
    5 seconds
    5-10
    7
    32
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15-30 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.5 ozuse 185° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 5-10 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    7 g.32
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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