Classic Laoshan Green Tea from Shandong - Spring 2019

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Green Tea
Green Tea Leaves
Garden Peas, Lemongrass, Oats, Soybean
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “Ah, good old reliable Laoshan tea. My default Chinese green tea because it’s always delicious and satisfying. Familiar but intensely sweet aromas of edamame, fennel, and snap pea waft out upon...” Read full tasting note

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Laoshan village is near Qingdao in the province of Shandong at an altitude of just 300 meters. Laoshan village is also near a sacred mountain, and not far from the ocean. Tea has been grown in Laoshan area for many generations.

Our Laoshan teas are grown by the Liang family, who have a small family operation growing Laoshan tea and doing all the processing of the tea themselves as well. You will notice that the tea is grown undercover of greenhouse which are fully covered in the winter to protect from frost and also in the earliest part of spring as well just as the leaves are starting to sprout. In the middle and later part of the first flush growth stage the coverings are removed and the tea bushes grow in full view of the sun until plucking in the first week of April. Our Classic Laoshan Green is first flush flush tea, picked in April.

Our Classic Laoshan green tea is small leaf, tippy (but without silver hairs) and tightly rolled, but not compressed like a Tie Guan Yin. The varietal grown is Long Jing #43 and as such the tea from Laoshan shares it character. The Classic Laoshan taste is thick, pungent, savory and vegetal. It’s perhaps slightly less sweet than the first flush Imperial Grade, having slightly larger and thicker leaves gives this tea a more robust flavor. Many seasoned tea drinkers might appreciate the niceties of the the more elegant Imperial Grade, but may find themselves wanting to drink the Classic grade for it’s pungent green taste (which is very stimulating). I find the classic grade to be very enjoyable and a worthy counterpoint to the daintier Imperial grade.

We feel confident you will enjoy family-sourced Laoshan teas and invite you to try them all!

Area: Laoshan village near Qingdao in Shandong

Time of harvest: April

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Ah, good old reliable Laoshan tea. My default Chinese green tea because it’s always delicious and satisfying.

Familiar but intensely sweet aromas of edamame, fennel, and snap pea waft out upon opening the pouch. Creamed spinach appears as its placed in a heated shibo. The aromas come through nicely in the taste along with a toasted oats. This is followed by notes of green bean, sweet pea, and lemongrass in resteeps.

Although last year’s harvest had a little more oomph, this years Laoshan green tea once again exhibits many of the excellent qualities I love about this tea. A perennial buy for sure.

Flavors: Garden Peas, Lemongrass, Oats, Soybean

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I recently got my spring teas order from YS but didn’t get this one. I got a small amount of the competition grade one but still plan on getting some of this too.


I got the competition grade too and am going to dive into it next. I ended up putting most of this tea in the fridge so I can focus my attention on the more interesting greens.


I didn’t get good results last year when I refrigerated some of my greens. I think they do best when I leave them where I got them. It helps sealing them up in a bag that doesn’t get opened as much and keeping a smaller amount out. I keep them in a dark cupboard in a back room that’s a bit cool.

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