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2020 Special Grade Laoshan Pine Needle Green

2020 Special Grade Laoshan Pine Needle Green

CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

Sourced By the the He Family

Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family was one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
  • true
    70
    soft minerality, white pepper
    true
    60
    edamame, spearmint
    true
    45
    osmanthus honey
    true
    50
    sweet cream
    true
    30
    loquat

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - soft minerality, white pepper
    • vegetal - edamame, spearmint
    • floral - osmanthus honey
    • savory - sweet cream
    • fruit - loquat
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2020
    • Laoshan Village Shandong Province
    • ELEVATIONSEA LEVEL
    • Longjing QuntiTea Varietal

    The first Da Tian harvest is special because the very cool weather that requires greenhouse protection for the delicate tea plants over the early spring leads to slow growth and rich sweet, textural intensity. When this greenhouse protection is removed, the plants get their first taste of sunlight, and combine the textural intensity and sweetness of shade-grown tea with the aroma and aftertaste that early sunlight brings out. Mr. He produces Pine Needle Green by hand, combining the twisting and curling techniques of bilochun with the flat pressing motions of Dragonwell-style. This allows him to lock in the deep rich complexity and sweetness that curling brings while still presenting a beautiful tea that dances in the glass and opens up in just the right way for potent aromatics. Only a few kilos of this special tea were produced this year, and the He Family was kind enough to make them available for the first time.


  • 'Thankfully 2019-2020 was a mild winter compared to the last two years, meaning that the plants in China’s northernmost tea growing region did not suffer frost damage. The He Family's plants have been able to recover, and this new recovery growth has been rich and tender, a boon for the He Family after so many difficult years.'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    175
    5 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    76
    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 5 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

    5 g.12
    oz.
    use 76.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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