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2024 Spring Laoshan Green Oolong

2024 Spring Laoshan Green Oolong

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Fresh Finished 
Northern Oolong
The He Family’s spring Laoshan leaves, carefully rolled and turned for oolong finishing before final drying for green tea notes of thai basil and pudding but oolong notes of key lime and lavender.
The He Family’s spring Laoshan leaves, carefully rolled and turned with oolong finishing before final drying for notes of both green tea and fresh oolong. Now available for pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Fresh Finished 
Northern Oolong
The He Family’s spring Laoshan leaves, carefully rolled and turned for oolong finishing before final drying for green tea notes of thai basil and pudding but oolong notes of key lime and lavender.
The He Family’s spring Laoshan leaves, carefully rolled and turned with oolong finishing before final drying for notes of both green tea and fresh oolong. Now available for pre-order!
May 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now ♦ 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 Village
      • ELEVATIONsea level
      • longjing quntiTea Varietal

      Laoshan Green Oolong takes the beautiful mineral-forward green bean profile of Laoshan Green and gives it an astounding depth and complexity through meticulous labor intensive craftsmanship. Mr. He starts with sweet rich fresh leaves, then kneads and shakes the leaves to bring out rich florals and fruity undertones. Heat locks in the green quality of this tea before it can oxidize, yielding a fresh pure and honest expression of the unique flavor of the region.

      The He Family's special combination of green tea and oolong finishing lock in fresh bright vegetal notes, while accentuating deep tingling minerality and building a luscious fruity floral oolong undertone.

    • true
      75
      thai basil
      true
      60
      lavender
      true
      65
      key lime tart
      true
      60
      vanilla pudding
      true
      70
      cardamom
      true
      mineral, limestone

      Tasting Profile

      • vegetal - thai basil
      • floral - lavender
      • fruit - key lime tart
      • savory - vanilla pudding
      • spice - cardamom
      • texture - mineral, limestone

    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

    The He Family also recommends:

    • 'This year brings 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'

    • 4
      6-8
      175
      30 seconds
      15-30
      5
      5
      175
      5 seconds
      5-15
      7
      32
      room temp
      8 hours

      Steeping Instructions

      Western

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

      Gongfu

      5 g.5 ozuse 175° watersteep 5 seconds
      add 5-15 sec. per steeping
      enjoy many steepings

      Iced/Cold

      7 g.32
      oz.
      use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
      8 hours
      add ice & enjoy

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