Summer Harvest Laoshan Green
Put simply, this brilliant harvest from the He family in Laoshan village tastes like summer- rich and full, cooling and refreshing.
The aroma of the wet leaf makes us nostalgic for China, for a special back-alley restaurant serving up dim sum on folding card tables. Every morning, the lines went down the street to get a bowl of steaming fresh-made soymilk from locally grown Laoshan soybeans, and a handful of crisp-fried bread for dipping in the milk. The sweet, rich and bready quality of that dim sum experience perfectly mirrors the aroma of this tea.
The taste and texture seems whipped or frothed like an ice-cold matcha smoothie, or even a key lime cream pie. If you ever go to China, or an asian grocery, you can get a green bean ice cream bar. It sounds strange, but it is perfectly sweet and refreshing. The taste of this tea in early steeping is like green bean ice cream melting on your tongue.
Later steepings are full bodied and green like fresh leafy spinach, complimented by an herbaceous cooling quality that evokes home garden peppermint leaf. Slowly, a holy basil enveloping sweet tingling begins to build, creating a comforting thick brew. This is one of the most exciting and satisfying harvests from Laoshan that we have had the privilege of trying.