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2022 Wild Laoshan Mulberry Leaf

2022 Wild Laoshan Mulberry Leaf

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Mulberry leaf finished like
classic Laoshan Green
Caffeine-free wild-foraged herbal tea defying genre with a green tea rolling and firing process to bring out notes of green apple, chestnut, ginseng and fresh greens.
May 2022 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Mulberry leaf finished like
classic Laoshan Green
Caffeine-free wild-foraged herbal tea defying genre with a green tea rolling and firing process to bring out notes of green apple, chestnut, ginseng and fresh greens.
May 2022 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
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SPRING 2022 PRE-ORDER

This spring 2022 pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan and is available to reserve on pre-order while supplies last.

This tea is expected to ship around the end of June. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once all teas in your order have arrived.

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.
 
This herbal tea is foraged from Laoshan's wild Lu mulberry trees, carefully hand-finished by the He Family in their workshop just like their classic Laoshan green teas.
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2022
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500-600 M
    • Morus multicaulisTea Varietal

    The He Family is continuing their tradition again this year of wild-foraging caffeine-free native Laoshan herbs and using their expertise at green tea processing to finish the leaves like a traditional green tea. While Shandong native Lu mulberry leaf would normally be simply air-dried for use in medicinal tea, the He Family has applied withering, heat-fixing, curling and tumble-drying to bring out much richer and more subtle flavor through their craft. We are excited to share the He Family's herbal teas once again this spring season, and to offer a look at the flavor of Laoshan from another plant entirely different from camellia sinensis!

  • true
    60
    green apple
    true
    75
    chestnut, marzipan
    true
    60
    white pepper, ginseng
    true
    55
    mustard greens
    true
    lingering, sweet

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - green apple
    • savory - chestnut, marzipan
    • spice - white pepper, ginseng
    • vegetal - mustard greens
    • texture - lingering, sweet


The He Family also recommends:

  1. 2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea
    2021 Laoshan Osmanthus Black Tea

    This year is the fourth fantastic harvest of the He Family's new osmanthus-scented black tea. Once again, the He Family is sharing a rich reserve-level Autumn Harvest Laoshan Black, scented during finishing with tiny hand-picked Laoshan Osmanthus flowers. The brown sugar, honey and fruity chocolate notes are melded together perfectly with the luscious almost creamy floral of the He Family’s meticulously hand-harvested Osmanthus blossoms. This tea is one of the hardest to make in the He Family collection since the local osmanthus blossoms are so small that they have to pick thousands just to make tiny batch of finished tea, but the results are worth the effort.

  2. Autumn Laoshan Pine Needle Green
    Autumn Laoshan Pine Needle Green

    Long, slender hand-twisted green tea loose leaf picked in the early autumn from organic cultivation rocky fields, finished to show off the beauty of the young buds. The flavor is delicate, mineral-driven and sweet through every steeping thanks to the careful hand-finishing, cold northern climate, and innovative growing techniques.

  3. 2022 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea
    2022 Laoshan Sweet Potato Leaf Tea

    The sweet potato is the most iconic fixture of Shandong province, and grows in every family garden in Laoshan village and up the mountainside. For decades, villagers have harvested semi-wild sweet potato from within the Laoshan National Park between rocky outcroppings and gnarled trees. As Laoshan tea becomes more famous and brings a better standard of living to the region, sweet potato has become a less critical crop, but this tea honors the tradition by applying tea finishing technique to foraged sweet potato leaf. This year's Sweet Potato Leaf tea is a collaboration between the whole neighborhood (the He Family District) and the He Famiy's workshop. Working together, several families picked Laoshan sweet potato leaves, then used the He Family's guidance and technique to oxidize the leaves in the sun, wither and roast, similar to black tea processing. This year, the cooperative had to roast the sweet potato leaf five times just to stop oxidation, making this a notably slow and time consuming tea to produce. Only several kilos were made this year, and we are lucky to offer the majority of the harvest while it lasts.


  • 'When humans first started drinking real tea, it rocked our word.The tea plant seemed magical. But what if tea is not the only plant out there that does incredible things when finished with craft and brewed up right?'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    175
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    room temp
    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 8 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

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