This tea is part of the He Family's reserve collection, chosen by Mr. He as the best representation of Laoshan's potential and his family's values in crafting and picking.
The flat-pressing process that Mr. He uses to finish this 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. This season’s bitter cold winter and sudden summer heat drastically shortened the harvest season and brought about the lowest yield in a generation, but the result is one of the sweetest, richest pickings ever. The flat-pressing technique really allows the subtle complexity of this season’s tiny harevst to shine through. This early May harvest is picked once the protective winter greenhouses are removed and the risk of frost has passed.