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Reserve Flat Pressed Laoshan Green

Reserve Flat Pressed Laoshan Green

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Competition Level
Early Harvest Laoshan Green
The very first picking of spring, meticulously hand-finished and pressed flat like Dragonwell to show off delicate complexity. Notes of matcha, raspberry, osmanthus and sesame.
The very first picking of spring, meticulously hand-finished and pressed flat like Dragonwell to show off delicate complexity. The fresh 2024 harvest is arriving now and shipping ASAP!
April 2024 ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
arriving now ♦ Laoshan, Shandong
Competition Level
Early Harvest Laoshan Green
The very first picking of spring, meticulously hand-finished and pressed flat like Dragonwell to show off delicate complexity. Notes of matcha, raspberry, osmanthus and sesame.
The very first picking of spring, meticulously hand-finished and pressed flat like Dragonwell to show off delicate complexity. 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

    This special hand picked, hand made tea is being picked this year during the early shade-grown spring harvest in early April, with the He Family's greenhouse protection against the cold of Laoshan's unique northern climate. With the greenhouse protection still in place, the tea plants grow slowly for textural intensity and sweetness unique to shade-grown tea. The flat-pressing process that Mr. He uses to finish this fresh spring harvest is inspired by Dragonwell green tea. In fact, Laoshan tea was originally brought to the area from Dragonwell, so for this cultivar, flat-pressing is a return to its origins. The day-long labor-intensive process to finish this delicate tea makes for beautiful leaves to brew in glass. The flavor is lighter but the aroma and sweetness more pronounced with flat-pressing.

  • true
    70
    rosemary, ginger
    true
    70
    sesame, ginkgo nut
    true
    85
    pine, matcha
    true
    60
    lily bulb, osmanthus
    true
    65
    raspberry
    true
    deep, lingering, sparkling

    Tasting Profile

    • spice - rosemary, ginger
    • savory - sesame, ginkgo nut
    • vegetal - pine, matcha
    • floral - lily bulb, osmanthus
    • fruit - raspberry
    • texture - deep, lingering, sparkling

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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.'

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

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

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

    Iced/Cold

    4 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