In the heights of its high-sprawling gardens, the cooler climate, and dawdling spring, time appears to slow in the village of Laoshan. It is an innate challenge to grow tea trees on mountain terrain, but it results in tea gardens which bloom beautifully, slowly but surely. Harsh winters will lower its harvest lot, but the result is remarkable: the Longjing trees’ aromatics concentrate in its small, tender leaves. Our dear friend, Mr. Shu, works winter to his advantage--producing eyelash-like curls which unfurl into a dark and robust cup. Notes of dark chocolate, juniper berries, and pumpkin seed.
Region: Lao Shan, Qingdao, Shandong, China
Variety: Long Jing #43
Harvest Date: April 2019
Producer: Mr. Shu
Brewing Recommendation: 5g tea | 340ml water | 195°F | 1:00