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This bundle includes five 25g bags of Laoshan tea for 125g total (25 sessions).

The He Family were some of the first to plant tea in Laoshan, one of China’s newest and northernmost tea growing regions. Laoshan is a mountain village on the ocean, subject to cold winters that give the tea a flavor unlike any other on earth. Mr. He has established a cooperative to promote his award-winning vision for sustainable beyond-organic agriculture and rigorous technically demanding craft.

This collection represents the most classic and iconically representative teas the He Family produces. It is an invitation from Mr. he, Qingqing and the whole family to get to know their passion and their unwavering commitment to make Laoshan one of the most famous tea regions in China. You’s get to taste Laoshan Green, the first tea they ever mastered, along with newer styles such as the wildly-popular Laoshan Black, the new and exciting Laoshan oolongs, and even mountain-foraged Gan Zao Ye, finished using green tea techniques.

While every tea in the collection represents a tremendous diversity of flavor, the whole collection circles around the iconic rich malty soybean profile of the region and the rocky texture of the mountain soil.

 

Discover Laoshan with the He Family’s teas: 

 

2019 Reserve Laoshan Black (25g)

This tea is the first Laoshan Black from the He Family of 2019 – carefully crafted with hand-picked buds underneath the protection of the greenhouses, then oxidized slowly to bring out sweet, chocolatey flavor. The He Family is offering this early Laoshan Black harvest to show off the wonderful flavor that their craft in roasting and oxidizing brings to tiny budset Laoshan tea. The stored sugar and nutrients of the earliest Da Tian pickings has more sweetness and lingering aftertaste than later harvests. This year’s beautifull spring came together for a harvest full of delicate flavor.

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2019 Spring Laoshan Bilochun (25g)

Classic Laoshan Bilochun is picked after the He Family removes the protective greenhouse coverings from their tea at the end of the cold season. After two years of cold winters and small harvests, the 2019 spring has finally yielded a long, mild and temperate spring season. The hand-twisting and slow finishing process of bilochun is Mr. He’s personal favorite, making this his own daily go-to tea. Hand-processing brings out even thicker texture and sweeter creamier flavors than classic Laoshan Green.

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2019 Laoshan Roasted Oolong (25g)

Laoshan Roasted Oolong is an exciting experimental tea, applying traditional Southern Chinese yaoqing technique, an eight hour labor-intensive step, on top of slow careful roasting and curling, to produce a complex and nuanced tea that is distinctly Northern, and distinctly new. It takes the He Family an entire day to produce just a few kilos of this special tea, but the results are worth it. Yaoqing finishing gives deep fruit and floral undertones to the He Family’s trademark chocolate and malty base flavors. The careful kneading and rolling also brings out a beautiful, pure expression of the minerality of the soil and the water.

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2018 Autumn Laoshan Green Oolong (25g)

This tea is the He Family’s answer to the challenge that oolong is only for southern China. Despite Laoshan Village only having fifty years of tea cultivation and oolong being the most technically demanding kind of tea in the world to produce, Mr. He comes through brilliantly. The careful kneading and rolling brings out a beautiful, pure expression of the minerality of the soil and the water. This tea is processed without a roast for a true green flavor of Laoshan.

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2019 Wild Spring Laoshan Gan Zao Ye (25g)

Gan Zao Ye is wild-foraged Laoshan Jujube leaf, hand picked and carefully hand finished using the painstaking withering, fixing, curling and drying process that the He family reserves for their early spring Laoshan Green. This year’s classic spring harvest is sweet and creamy, with a delicious hint of toasted rice or barley. This herbal tisane is naturally caffeine-free.

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“Laoshan is unlike any other tea region on earth.

Our farm sits at sea level, protected from the sun by the ocean mist
that rolls up the slopes of the steep Laoshan mountainsides. Our parents began
cultivating tea in this village sixty years ago and started the right way with
organic farming & respect for the ecosystem of our Taoist holy mountain.

We hand pick every leaf and hand-finish our tea in small batches.

We hope you’ll taste for yourself to understand what makes our family’s tea
from the northernmost tea region in China so unique.”

 

– He Changke // 何昌科

 

Our Home: Laoshan Village

 
our tea fields in Laoshan // we begin to remove the greenhouse covers in May
our tea fields in early May
our family lives in Laoshan Village between the beautiful mountains and the ocean
our family lives between the beautiful mountains and the ocean

 

  • tea plants nurtured
    by famous mountain springs

  • the coldest tea climate in China
    produces sweet teas

  • rocky soil produces mineral-driven texture

  • shaded 3-layer greenhouses
    protect early spring leaves

  • protected National Forest land
    for clean air and water

  • biodynamic farming
    for healthy plants and people

 

About Us: the He Family

 

 

He Changke is a proud 2nd generation tea farmer.

His father was one of the first people to plant tea in the village outside of the Taoist monastery, pioneering organic farming with a vision of making Laoshan the most famous tea microclimate in China. Mr. He is passing on his father’s work to his daughter He Qingqing, co-owner of importer Verdant Tea.

Qingqing and her parents have worked together to not only improve the craft of the region, but invent entirely new tea types to bring fame to Laoshan and raise up their village.

The He Family hopes that tea will be the path to better living for the whole region, and believe a healthy tea industry in Laoshan is the best way to champion environmental protection for Laoshan National Park.

Above, He Qingqing in the workshop with her mother, father, younger sister, and daughter
 

Our Teas and Craft

 
He Changke works with fresh tea leaves
He Changke works with fresh tea leaves
everyone works together to sort tea leaves
everyone works together to sort tea leaves

 

We work hard for our teas.

In the south, mild climates mean easier seasons. Here in the north, we rebuild greenhouses every winter, cut back every summer, and grow soybeans between tea fields as a way to distract insects and to mulch and return nitrates to our soil.

When picking season arrives, we have a short window of perfect weather to hand pick every tender bud .

We hand-finish every leaf in our family workshop. Every 100g of finished tea takes more than a pound of fresh picked leaves. Many of our teas take over 16 hours of craft to get from fresh leaves to finished tea.

We take no shortcuts in our craft because we believe that Laoshan unique climate can produce some of the best teas in the world.

 

See us at work

 

 

Many importers claim to source from small family farms, but are they actually sharing the stories, values, and point of view of the farmers?

Don’t settle for tea of questionable origins. See the people behind the tea and hear the real stories. The He Family and Verdant Tea have been working together for almost a decade. Here are just two videos from our time together:

 

 

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