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.
brown sugar, raw cocoa
sweet soothing spice
savory - brown sugar, raw cocoa
spice - sandalwood, cinnamon
floral - honey
fruit - persimmon
texture - sweet soothing spice
DATE OF PICKINGApril 21, 2021
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
longjing quntiTea Varietal
This new 2021 spring harvest is now in stock!
This tea is the earliest curled Laoshan Black from the He Family of 2021 - carefully crafted with hand-picked buds underneath the protection of the greenhouses, then 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.
This relatively new tea is fed by sweet mountain spring water and oxidized in the sun for three days before finishing to bring out signature chocol[...]
As low as$1.25
Spring 2021 Update from the Fields
Early spring in Laoshan this year came late, but stayed consistently cool and misty for a perfectly-aligned harvest.
In recent years, spring has fluctuated between freezing nights and warm days, forcing the He Family to leave their greenhouse covers on longer, but this year, the nights were temperate enough to remove the greenhouse covers early, letting the buds slowly form in the open ocean air. The results are spectacular, one of the first harvests in many years to line up with ideal conditions, letting the He Family focus more on picking and finishing craft and less on emergency field management.
What this means for the tea itself is smaller yields but extremely sweet, rich and aromatic brews packed with more minerality and textural nuance.
photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2021
'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 g.6-8 oz.use 208° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times add 10 sec. each infusion
5 g.6 ozuse 208° watersteep 10 seconds add 8 sec. per steepingenjoy many steepings