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Produced By the He Family

Pioneers and community leaders in Laoshan Village, the He family was one of the first to plant tea on the misty ocean-facing slopes of the Taoist Holy Mountain they call home.

Tasting Profile

  • VERY VEGETAL – matcha, sweetgrass
  • SPICY – minerality, coriander
  • A LITTLE FRUITY – melon
  • A LITTLE FLORAL – vanilla
  • SAVORY – oat milk, brown sugar
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DATE OF PICKINGSeptember 2019
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
ELEVATIONSEA LEVEL
Longjing QuntiTea Varietal

This harvest is picked in the cool autumn air after resting the plant through summer. The result is crisp, fresh flavor with more savory green bean and cream that Laoshan for which Laoshan is famous. The He family's signature green tea is fed by mountain spring water, picked by hand, and cultivated sustainably using traditional chemical-free farming techniques including growing rows of soybean between rows of tea to restore nitrates to the soil. The extreme northern climate means cold winters and short growing seasons, but the He Family perseveres, protecting their tea in greenhouses over the winter. The result is a deeply sweet and delicate green tea unlike any other in the world. 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 Green tea bushes were originally brought to northern China by Taoist monks on pilgrimage to Laoshan’s Taiqing Temple, and cultivated in the courtyard as a meditation aid.

In the 1960’s Mr. He’s father was one of the first farmers to successfully grow and finish the tea outside the temple. He passed his techniques on to his son and to the other farmers in the village. Mr. He has dedicated his life to making a name for Laoshan tea and sharing his passion for the unique cold northern ocean terroir that gives his tea such a unique sweet and savory flavor. His sustainable and organic farming techniques and slow meticulous approach to finishing are already winning his village praise all over the world.

With some of the best soil and water in China, it is no surprise that the He Family’s Laoshan Green is one of the sweetest and most nuanced green teas out there.

Steeping Instructions

Western

4 g.6-8
oz.
use 190° watersteep 30 secondsresteep many times
add 15-30 sec. each infusion

Gongfu

5 g.6  oz.use 190° 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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