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Produced By the He Family

This herbal tea is finished from the giant leaves of Laoshan sweet potato plants, carefully hand-finished and oxidized by the He Family with a technique similar to their reserve Laoshan black tea.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY SAVORY – sweet potato, corn
  • VERY SAVORY – brown sugar
  • SPICY – nutmeg, peppercorn
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DATE OF PICKINGOctober 2018
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
ELEVATION500 M
laoshan sweet potatoBotanical Name

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 harvest 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 the He Family wanted to honor the tradition by applying tea finishing technique to foraged sweet potato leaf. The He Family picks high-elevation Laoshan sweet potato, then allows them to oxidize in the sun, wither and roast, similar to black tea processing. Mr. He had to roast the sweet potato leaf five times just to stop oxidation, making this the slowest most time consuming tea the He Family produces. Only several kilos are made each year, and we are lucky to offer the majority of the harvest while it lasts.

Mr. He also recommends


" As they steep, the reddish dry leaves pop open almost as quickly as green Gan Zao Ye, yielding beautiful leaves that get a touch greener with each infusion. The first steepings are very, very malty with a light chocolate flavor, pudding sweetness and hints of violet. As the tea continues steeping, it gets a thick dried apple quality with cherry bark and palm sugar undertones... "

Steeping Instructions

Western

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

Gongfu

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

Iced/Cold

5 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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