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2024 Reserve Spring Laoshan Black

2024 Reserve Spring Laoshan Black

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early spring Laoshan Black
Hand-twisted and hand-rolled for an iconic finish and intense complexity. Notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, raspberry, and dark chocolate truffle with a lingering sweet aftertaste.
Carefully oxidized early spring buds for iconic sweetness. The fresh 2024 harvest is picking now and available for pre-order!
April 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
early spring Laoshan Black
Hand-twisted and hand-rolled for an iconic finish and intense complexity. Notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, raspberry, and dark chocolate truffle with a lingering sweet aftertaste.
Carefully oxidized early spring buds for iconic sweetness. The fresh 2024 harvest is picking now and available for pre-order!
April 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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Crafted By the He Family

Grown using old-school organic farming techniques on the rocky foothills of Laoshan, protected by ocean mist and fed by sweet spring water.
 
Grown using old-school organic farming techniques on the rocky foothills of Laoshan, protected by ocean mist and fed by sweet spring water.
    • DATE OF PICKINGApril 2024
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    This tea is the earliest curled Laoshan Black from the He Family of 2024 - carefully crafted with hand-picked buds - the first new "Da Tian" buds to grow once the protective winter greenhouses are remove for the spring. After picking the buds are oxidized slowly to bring out sweet, chocolatey flavor. The He Family is offering this early Laoshan Black harvest to show off the wonderful flavor that their craft in roasting and oxidizing brings to tiny budset Laoshan tea. The stored sugar and nutrients of the earliest Da Tian pickings has more sweetness and lingering aftertaste than later harvests. 


  • true
    85
    dark chocolate truffle
    true
    85
    clove, cinnamon
    true
    60
    raspberry sorbet
    true
    55
    vanilla bean
    true
    deep, rich, thick

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - dark chocolate truffle
    • spice - clove, cinnamon
    • fruit - raspberry sorbet
    • floral - vanilla bean
    • texture - deep, rich, thick

The He Family also recommends:

Spring 2024 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
fresh picked Laoshan tea buds
fresh 2023 Laoshan tea leaves
making Reserve Laoshan Biluochun green
brewing fresh Laoshan green tea
spring 2023 Laoshan tea plants

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2024

  • 'Laoshan is known all over China first as a Taoist holy site, and second as the source of some of the best water in the country. The water gained its fame when it was included as the master ingredient in the original Tsing Tao beer recipe.'

  • 4
    6-8
    208
    30 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    208
    10 seconds
    8
    4
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    4 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 208° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 10 seconds
    add 8 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    4 g.12
    oz.
    use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
    8 hours
    add ice & enjoy

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