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.
For the first year ever, the He Family has begun an experiment processing sweet potato leaves as tea. Sweet potato is the iconic staple food of Shandong province, but its leaves are often forgotten. Qingqing and our partner Weiwei went out to pick sweet potato leaf on the slopes of Laoshan and spent a full day harvesting just enough for the club box. Mr. He had to heat the leaves five times to stop oxidation, and hand process and roll each leaf to finish, making it the most labor-intensive tea the He Family has ever taken on.