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2024 Spring Laoshan Green

2024 Spring Laoshan Green

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Iconically Creamy
Laoshan Green Tea
Shade-grown, hand-picked, cold-climate tea from the He Family with notes of matcha, edamame, tangerine, and ginger.
Shade-grown, hand-picked, cold-climate tea from the He Family with classic notes of edamame. Now available for pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
ETA: end of June ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Iconically Creamy
Laoshan Green Tea
Shade-grown, hand-picked, cold-climate tea from the He Family with notes of matcha, edamame, tangerine, and ginger.
Shade-grown, hand-picked, cold-climate tea from the He Family with classic notes of edamame. Now available for pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
ETA: end of June ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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Crafted by the He Family

Pioneers and community leaders, the He Family is dedicated to making a name for their stunningly smooth, malty, rich teas cultivated in China’s coldest, northernmost growing region.
 
Grown using old-school organic farming techniques on the rocky foothills of Laoshan, protected by ocean mist and fed by sweet spring water.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2024
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONSEA LEVEL
    • Longjing QuntiTea Varietal

    Laoshan Green was the first tea produced at Taiqing temple by the Taoist monks of Laoshan. The plants were originally brought to the region from Dragonwell, and slowly allowed to adapt to the unique cold ocean climate of the area. The He Family’s Laoshan Green is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques. The result is rich, fresh flavor full of Laoshan's famous sweet vegetal-savory soy bean flavor aroma.

  • true
    70
    edamame
    true
    95
    mint, matcha
    true
    65
    ginger
    true
    70
    peony
    true
    65
    tangerine
    true
    thick, powerful

    Tasting Profile

    • savory - edamame
    • vegetal - mint, matcha
    • spice - ginger
    • floral - peony
    • fruit - tangerine
    • texture - thick, powerful

The He Family also recommends:

Spring 2024 Update from the Fields

Cold weather in Laoshan means smaller yields, and a long season of shade-grown covered green tea before the protective greenhouse coverings come down. 

A very mild spring with very little rainfall has made for particularly concentrated creamy textural green tea and black tea. Cool weather persisted longer than usual, which kept protective shaded coverings on through April. This meant slow growth, but particularly tender sweet buds.

Not only is He Qingqing busy helping her parents finish this spring's fresh tea, but she and her husband are also celebrating the arrival of their son Liu Mu-Mu, just a few months old and already helping with the fresh Flat Pressed Laoshan Green.

Congratulations to the He Family for a wonderful spring season!

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
fresh picked Laoshan tea buds
fresh 2023 Laoshan tea leaves
making Reserve Laoshan Biluochun green
brewing fresh Laoshan green tea
spring 2023 Laoshan tea plants

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2024

  • 'Last year brought about a new threat to tea in Laoshan. After another historically cold winter, the short spring picking window in 2018 was cut off in May by sudden, unexpected extreme heat and intense rains followed right after by alternating unseasonably cold weather. This unprecedented short window to harvest and finish tea after a bitter winter has meant the smallest yield in a generation for the He Family, and for the entire small village of Laoshan'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    30 seconds
    15
    5
    6
    175
    8-10 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    76
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 175° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
    add 15 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 8-10 seconds
    add 4 sec. per steeping
    enjoy many steepings

    Iced/Cold

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

Product Photo Gallery

Liu Jiaqi with her brother Mu Mu
fresh picked Laoshan tea buds
fresh 2023 Laoshan tea leaves
making Reserve Laoshan Biluochun green
brewing fresh Laoshan green tea
spring 2023 Laoshan tea plants

photos courtesy of He Qingqing, April 2024