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2021 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black

2021 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black

This 2021 harvest is now available to pre-order at a 10% discount - orders containing this tea will ship once all teas have arrived (ETA: end of August)
ETA end of August


This spring pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan.

We expect this tea to arrive in late August. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once these teas have arrived in the US. 

Crafted By 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
    Fudge, hazelnut
    Clove, soft minerality
    strawberry ice cream

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - Fudge, hazelnut
    • spice - Clove, soft minerality
    • spice - honey
    • fruit - strawberry ice cream
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Pre-orders are now open for this 2021 spring harvest.

    Laoshan Gongfu Black is one of the most difficult finishes for the He Family, requiring flat-pressing and hand-twisting and curling to achieve the final shape and finish. Mr. He saves this technique for his finest spring harvests, and this year we've been able to secure more of this spring's beautiful Gongfu Black with creamy honey-packed flavor and delicious "dessert" aromatics paired with a mineral aftertaste.

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  • "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..."

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2021

  • 5
    30 seconds
    8 seconds
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


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


    5 g.4 ozuse 205° watersteep 8 seconds
    add 3-4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings


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

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