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2021 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black

2021 Spring Laoshan Gongfu Black

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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
    55
    rose
    true
    75
    caramel, toasted oats
    true
    100
    allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon
    true
    80
    lychee, peach
    true
    honeyed with sparkling minerality

    Tasting Profile

    • floral - rose
    • savory - caramel, toasted oats
    • spice - allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon
    • fruit - lychee, peach
    • texture - honeyed with sparkling minerality
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    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
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    4
    205
    8 seconds
    3-4
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

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

    Iced/Cold

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

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