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Ultimate Spring Tea Celebration

Ultimate Spring Tea Celebration

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This Spring Tea Bundle includes all of our reserve-level fresh-picked green teas - 9 different pickings to try in total for 225g of tea or about 45 brewing sessions.

There is nothing out there like stunningly-fresh hyper-seasonal green tea. When Laoshan Pine Needle Green or 1st Picking Dragonwell are finished, they are at their absolute peak of aromatic complexity, textural nuance and sweet aftertaste. This tasting kit sampler is a celebration of that stunning beauty: a once-a-year chance to dive deep into what makes the spring harvest so magical, especially coming from some of the most renowned and award-winning tea farmers in their respective villages.

All winter long, the He Family’s tea bushes in Laoshan and Li Xiaoping’s tea bushes in Dragonwell are storing up nutrients and sugars to burst forth in vibrant buds come spring. In the early season, these first delicate buds are packed with months worth of the plant’s flavor and intensity. To share this special powerful experience, we reserve all harvests ahead of picking, pack up every bag fresh the moment it is ready in its final packaging to seal in all it's aromatic beauty, and book the fastest (and most expensive) overnight air shipping to get the teas here within weeks of picking. By contrast, typical green tea on the shelves worldwide can be years old. Teas this fresh are something else entirely, and worth tasting at this time of year.

All eight teas are equally beautiful brewed hot and cold brewed or flash-chilled for incredible iced tea this summer, and with over 200g to taste, you’ll have plenty of tea to explore what makes Laoshan and Shi Feng Dragonwell so incredibly special.

This Spring Tea Bundle includes select reserve-level fresh-picked green teas and  classic spring harvests - 7 different pickings to try in total for 175g of tea or about 35 brewing sessions.

All eight teas are equally beautiful brewed hot and cold brewed or flash-chilled for incredible iced tea this summer, and with 200g to taste, you’ll have plenty of tea to explore what makes Laoshan, Qimen, and Shi Feng Dragonwell so incredibly special.

This Spring Tea Bundle includes all of our reserve-level fresh-picked green teas - 7 different pickings to try in total for 175g of tea or about 35 brewing sessions.

There is nothing out there like stunningly-fresh hyper-seasonal green tea. When Laoshan Pine Needle Green or Semi-Wild Dragonwell are finished, they are at their absolute peak of aromatic complexity, textural nuance and sweet aftertaste. This tasting kit sampler is a celebration of that stunning beauty: a once-a-year chance to dive deep into what makes the spring harvest so magical, especially coming from some of the most renowned and award-winning tea farmers in their respective villages.

All winter long, the He Family’s tea bushes in Laoshan and Li Xiaoping’s tea bushes in Dragonwell are storing up nutrients and sugars to burst forth in vibrant buds come spring. In the early season, these first delicate buds are packed with months worth of the plant’s flavor and intensity. To share this special powerful experience, we reserve all harvests ahead of picking, pack up every bag fresh the moment it is ready in its final packaging to seal in all it's aromatic beauty, and book the fastest (and most expensive) overnight air shipping to get the teas here within weeks of picking. By contrast, typical green tea on the shelves worldwide can be years old. Teas this fresh are something else entirely, and worth tasting at this time of year.

All seven teas are equally beautiful brewed hot and cold brewed or flash-chilled for incredible iced tea this summer, and with 175g to taste, you’ll have plenty of tea to explore what makes Laoshan and Shi Feng Dragonwell so incredibly special.

 Taste Fresh 2024 Green Tea: 

2024 Shi Feng Dragonwell (25g)

Li Xiaoping grows this true Dragonwell cultivar on a perfectly-shaded mountainside in the tiny and sought-after Shi Feng microclimate- a uniquely situated spot with sweet mountain springs, quartz-heavy rocky soil, and mist. Li Xiaoping is a celebrated community leader for her advocacy in sustainable farming and working to protect the Shi Feng region, and her tea is recognized across the world as one of the few true Dragonwell expressions out there, capturing deep minerality, persistent sweetness, and complex aromatics.

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2024 Shi Feng Longjing #43 (25g)

Dragonwell varietal #43 has been carefully bred and selected in the last fifty years as a new tea well suited to Shi Feng’s terroir. It buds earlier and in colder weather than classic Longjing Qunti varietal and yields yellower plumper buds that make for gorgeous steeping in glassware. While classic Dragonwell is all about rocky mineral texture, the new #43 is a crisp, bright focused experience centered around stronger flavor and aroma and more pronounced sweetness. Mrs. Li’s #43 varietal is true Shi Feng Dragonwell, growing on one of the highest slopes of the tiny microclimate that Emperor Qianlong declared as one of the best in the world for tea. The soil is full of quartz and white sand while the water comes from natural mountain springs, yielding a flavor that simply can’t be matched outside of Shi Feng itself.

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2024 Shifeng Semi-Wild High Peak Dragonwell (25g)

This limited offering from Li Xiaoping can only be picked in years where the weather is cool and temperate and the rain is very light. At the very top of the peak of Shi Feng, there is a grove of trees that have been allowed to grow undisturbed to preserve a natural habitat for birds and increase biodiversity. Among the trees, the Li family has tea plants that have not been cut back and trimmed every year like the lower slope plants. Because these semi-wild Dragonwell bushes are not tended, they require perfect weather to yield the right flavor. Li Xiaoping was able to pick these bushes again this year and offered us the majority of her tiny yield in the interest of cultural exchange and sharing a unique side of Shi Feng’s terroir not often seen. The flavor is rich, bold and complex, sharing the lingering sweetness an aromatic subtlety of early harvest Dragonwell with the big flavor of later harvests. The tea benefits from Shi Feng’s unique quartz-heavy white sand soil and mountain spring water, as well as the cool protected microclimate that the mountains form.

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Di Shui Xiang Green Tea (25g)

Di Shui Xiang is a uses early, downy, and delicate spring buds, normally reserved for the famous Maofeng style, but coaxes these buds into tight curls like Biluochun. The biluochun finishing adds creaminess and depth to the texture, bringing out intense dessert-like notes and the kind of complexity that can only come from one of China's most famous growing regions, Qimen and the misty mountains of Huangshan.

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Qimen Maofeng Green Tea (25g)

The famous Huangshan Maofeng is all about beautiful, perfect buds that dance in the teapot like silver needle white tea or Dragonwell. The Cheng Family picks their early spring buds on their high elevation mountain plot near Qimen and Huangshan entirely by hand to preserve their perfect shape, and works to quickly finish the buds with minimal heat and withering time, locking in fresh flavor and deep minerality that shows off the textural complexity of one of the finest green teas in the world.

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2024 Spring Reserve Laoshan Green (25g)

A mild winter and classic, cool spring has made for a beautiful early harvest of shade-grown Reserve Laoshan Green. These sweet and delicates buds and leaves are picked while still under greenhouse protection in the He Family’s ocean-facing plot at the foot of the Laoshan mountains. The early April picking is still intensely sweet and packed with deep minerality.

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Spring Laoshan Green Tea (25g)

Laoshan Green was the first tea produced at Taiqing temple by the Taoist monks of Laoshan. The plants were originally brought to the region from Dragonwell, and slowly allowed to adapt to the unique cold ocean climate of the area. The He Family’s Laoshan Green is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques. The result is rich, fresh flavor full of Laoshan's famous sweet vegetal-savory soy bean flavor aroma.

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Spring Laoshan Biluochun (25g)

Classic Laoshan Biluochun is picked after the He Family removes the protective greenhouse coverings from their tea at the end of the cold 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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2024 Reserve Pine Needle Green (25g)

The Mr. He’s daughter Qingqing, co-owner of Verdant Tea, pioneered this finishing style with her father. She loves the long delicate twisting technique for the way the leaves dance in a glass pitcher as they unfold yielding a delicate nuanced brew that lasts over multiple steepings. The hand pulled and twisted finish on this early shade-grown reserve harvest shows off the delicate deep-green buds that the family picks with so much care, cultivating with sustainable chemical free farming, and fed by sweet mountain spring water.

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2024 Spring Reserve Flat Pressed Laoshan Green (25g)

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.

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