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Produced By The He Family

Real pioneers & leaders in Laoshan's tea commmunity, the He family hand picks their tea from their 15 acre farm, hand finished in their own small workshop.

Tasting Profile

  • SAVORY – chocolate ganache, brown sugar
  • FLORAL – vanilla
  • FRUITY – candied cherry, orange peel
  • SPICY – minerality, cinnamon
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DATE OF PICKINGSeptember 2019
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
ELEVATIONSEA LEVEL
Longjing quntiTea Varietal

The new 2019 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. This year in particular, dry and mild weather leading up to autumn in has yielded the sweetest picking in years, but a tiny yield due to reduced rainfall. The He family produced less than half of what they usually would this year.

Laoshan black is the most popular and best selling tea among all of our tea partners, and for good reason!

This tea grows on the Taoist holy mountain of Laoshan in the coldest northernmost tea climate in China. Ocean mist naturally shades the tea during the day to keep it sweet and delicate, while rocky soil and mountain spring water bring out deep nuanced flavor. The He Family pioneered organic tea farming in the region and established a cooperative to help tea farmers share resources and finishing techniques.

While Laoshan tea is traditionally finished green, this new style perfected by Mr. He brings out deep chocolate notes with a full oxidation and rich roast.

Steeping Instructions

Western

4 g.6-8
oz.
use 205° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
add 15-30 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 205° watersteep 10 seconds
add 10-30 sec. per steeping
enjoy many steepings

Iced/Cold

4 g.12
 oz.
use room temp. waterrefrigerate overnight
(8 to 12 hours)
add ice & enjoy

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