Verdant Tea

Wild Spring Laoshan Suan Zao Ye

Wild Spring Laoshan Suan Zao Ye



This spring 2022 pre-order tea has been picked by the He Family in Laoshan and is available to reserve on pre-order while supplies last.

This tea is expected to ship around the end of June. Orders containing this pre-order tea will ship once all teas in your order have arrived.

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
    basil, pine, coriander
    cola nut
    fresh tea leaves
    bold, sweet, intense

    Tasting Profile

    • fruit - grapefruit
    • spice - basil, pine, coriander
    • savory - cola nut
    • floral - lily
    • vegetal - fresh tea leaves
    • texture - bold, sweet, intense
    • DATE OF PICKINGMay 2022
    • 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 intense flavor and complexity.

The He Family also recommends:

  1. 2021 Autumn Laoshan Black
    2021 Autumn Laoshan Black

    The new 2021 Autumn harvest is here!

    This relatively new tea is fed by sweet mountain spring water and oxidized in the sun for three days before finishing to bring out signature chocolate notes. Mr. He perfected this tea as a proud reflection of the bold Shandong spirit and the perseverance of Laoshan Village. Laoshan Black is a labor of love to prove to the world how wonderful teas from Northern China can be. The cold weather, and pure mountain springs come together for a microclimate that yields some of the sweetest and most chocolatey black tea in China with a unique and distinctly northern flavor.

  2. 2022 Spring Laoshan Biluochun
    2022 Spring Laoshan Biluochun
    Classic Laoshan Bilochun 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.
  3. 2022 Reserve Pine Needle Green
    2022 Reserve Pine Needle Green

    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 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.

  • 'When humans first started drinking real tea, it rocked our world. 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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