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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
  • VERY FRUITY – goji berry
  • FLORAL – honey, osmanthus
  • SPICY – fennel
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DATE OF PICKINGJune 2019
Laoshan VillageShandong Province
ELEVATIONsea level
longjing quntiTea Varietal

The He Family’s Laoshan Black has become their most famous tea, earning them features in the US and Chinese news media for their innovative work. This tea is fed by Laoshan’s famously sweet mountain spring water and oxidized traditionally for three days before finishing to bring out rich chocolate notes. After two years of cold winters and small harvests, the 2019 spring has finally yielded a long, mild and temperate spring season. Rich, full bodied and satisfying, Laoshan Black has become our benchmark for all other black teas.

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.5  oz.use 205° watersteep 2-3 seconds
add 3 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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