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2024 Reserve Pine Needle Green

2024 Reserve Pine Needle Green

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He Qingqing's Favorite Green Tea
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. Early harvest with notes of basil, cedar, cherry and chestnut.
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. The fresh 2024 harvest is arriving now and shipping ASAP!
April 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now! ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
He Qingqing's Favorite Green Tea
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. Early harvest with notes of basil, cedar, cherry and chestnut.
Qingqing developed this unique finish with her father to bring out minerality and spice in her family's tea. The fresh 2024 harvest is arriving now and shipping ASAP!
April 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now! ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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SPRING 2024 PRE-ORDER

This spring 2024 pre-order tea from the He Family in Laoshan is arriving now and available to reserve on pre-order while supplies last.

This tea is expected to arriving now and shipping ASAP!

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 PICKINGApril 2024
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATIONSEA LEVEL
    • Longjing QuntiTea Varietal

    Mr. He’s daughter Qingqing, co-owner of Verdant Tea, pioneered this finishing style with her father. She loves the long delicate twisting technique for the way the leaves dance in a glass pitcher as they unfold yielding a delicate nuanced brew that lasts over multiple steepings. The hand pulled and twisted finish on this early shade-grown reserve harvest shows off the delicate deep-green buds that the family picks with so much care, cultivating with sustainable chemical free farming, and fed by sweet mountain spring water.

  • true
    70
    basil, eucalyptus
    true
    75
    cedar
    true
    80
    cherry
    true
    75
    chestnut
    true
    60
    violet
    true
    vaporous, tingling, cooling

    Tasting Profile

    • vegetal - basil, eucalyptus
    • spice - cedar
    • fruit - cherry
    • savory - chestnut
    • floral - violet
    • texture - vaporous, tingling, cooling

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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

  • 'Thankfully 2019-2020 was a mild winter compared to the last two years, meaning that the plants in China’s northernmost tea growing region did not suffer frost damage. The He Family's plants have been able to recover, and this new recovery growth has been rich and tender, a boon for the He Family after so many difficult years.'

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

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

    5 g.6-8
    oz.
    use 175° watersteep 20 secondsresteep many times
    add 10 sec. each infusion

    Gongfu

    5 g.6 ozuse 175° watersteep 5 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