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Wild Spring Laoshan Suan Zao Ye

Wild Spring Laoshan Suan Zao Ye

This 2021 harvest is now available to pre-order at a 10% discount - orders containing this tea will ship once all teas have arrived (ETA: end of August)
ETA end of August


This spring pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan.

We expect this tea to arrive in late August. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once these teas have arrived in the US. 

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
    plantain, golden raisin
    mint, black pepper

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - plantain, golden raisin
    • vegetal - cucumber
    • spice - mint, black pepper
    • DATE OF PICKINGSpring 2021
    • Laoshan VillageShandong Province
    • ELEVATION500-600 M
    • ziziphus spinosaTea Varietal

    Pre-orders are now open for this 2021 spring harvest.

    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
    20 seconds
    8 seconds
    room temp
    8 hours

    Steeping Instructions


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


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


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

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