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Wild Spring Laoshan Suan Zao Ye

Wild Spring Laoshan Suan Zao Ye

Crafted By the He Family

This herbal tea is foraged from Laoshan's wild, spiny Ziziphus Spinosa trees, carefully hand-finished by the He Family in their workshop just like their classic Laoshan green teas.
  • true
    90
    dates
    true
    90
    chestnut, barley
    true
    90
    persimmon leaf
    true
    90
    Shiso, mint
    true
    potent, lingering

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - dates
    • savory - chestnut, barley
    • vegetal - persimmon leaf
    • spice - Shiso, mint
    • texture - potent, lingering
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500-600 M
    • ziziphus spinosaTea Varietal

    Suan Zao Ye (Wild Spiny Zizyphus) is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea that grows unmanaged and wild on the slopes of Laoshan. While the seeds of the sour dates have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Suan Zao Ren), the He family forages a limited quantity in April and early May, before the tender spring buds grow too large or the spiny thorns too firm. This year, the leaves were then hand-processed just like a traditional Laoshan green tea, with withering, firing and curling. The final result is packed with delicious flavor and complexity, with a striking flavor of sweet plantain or banana chips, cooling cucumber and a refreshing minty and peppery finish.



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  • 'When humans first started drinking real tea, it rocked our word.The tea plant seemed magical. But what if tea is not the only plant out there that does incredible things when finished with craft and brewed up right?'

  • 5
    6-8
    175
    20 seconds
    10
    5
    6
    175
    8 seconds
    4
    5
    12
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions

    Western

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

    Gongfu

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

    Iced/Cold

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

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