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2021 Spring Laoshan Roasted Oolong

2021 Spring Laoshan Roasted Oolong

Crafted by the He Family

Poneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family is one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.
  • true
    85
    pine, sandalwood, cardamom
    true
    75
    pomegranate, mandarin orange
    true
    50
    honey
    true
    95
    chocolate frosting, malted milk, toasted almond
    true
    roasted, minerality

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - pine, sandalwood, cardamom
    • fruit - pomegranate, mandarin orange
    • floral - honey
    • savory - chocolate frosting, malted milk, toasted almond
    • texture - roasted, minerality
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONsea level
    • longjing quntiTea Varietal

    Laoshan Roasted Oolong is the most technically-demanding and labor-intensive tea that the He Family produces. As one of the first people in Northern China to take on oolong craft, Mr. He is defining the flavor and value of this new tea for the entire region. He starts with tender hand-picked leaves from his mountain-spring fed ocean-facing plot, and allows them a full two days to oxidize before beginning the critical kneading and shaking stage that brings out deep rich fruit and florals not normally present. These flavors are locked in with a heavy roast for a tea with the satisfying body of Laoshan Black but with the subtlety of the fine oolong.

    This year's Laoshan Roasted Oolong balances malty dessert-like chocolate with an underlying deep spice and Wuyi-like roasted texture. Expect the sweet savory qualities of reserve Laoshan Black but with notes of sandalwood, cardamom and deep minerality.



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  • 'Mr. He and He Qingqing set out to prove that Laoshan is capable of crafting truly fine tea, worthy of respect on the wider world stage. First green tea, then black tea, and now, the real show-stopper: Laoshan oolong tea. Their family's success demonstrates that great tea doesn’t come only from tradition, but rather from a combination of hard work, land stewardship and inspired innovation.'

  • 5
    6-8
    205
    30 seconds
    15-30
    5
    5
    205
    5 seconds
    5-10
    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.5 ozuse 205° watersteep 5 seconds
    add 5-10 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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