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2020 Special Grade Laoshan Gongfu Black

2020 Special Grade Laoshan Gongfu Black

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
    80
    Graham cracker, brown sugar
    true
    80
    Cedar, sandalwood, licorice
    true
    55
    Cherry
    true
    45
    Marigold

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - Graham cracker, brown sugar
    • spice - Cedar, sandalwood, licorice
    • fruit - Cherry
    • floral - Marigold
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2020
    • Laoshan Village Shandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    This is the highest grade Laoshan Black tea that the He Family produced in 2020. 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, the He Family has reserve a small harvest of a very special grade of Laoshan Gongfu Black, picked as soon as the green house coverings were removed this year.


  • 'The initial aromas are full of rich, tangy goji berry, raisin, and savory roasted chestnut. For us, the initial sips had the thick pastry like quality of croissant with deep chocolate flavor. As we continued steeping out the tea, we got dark fruit and hearty bran flavor with a big, thick honey aftertaste and texture. In the latest steepings we tasted toasted marshmallow and graham'

  • 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.° water refrigerate overnight
    8 hours hours
    add ice & enjoy

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