Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green
This year’s fresh autumn harvest Laoshan Green from Mr. and Mrs He is a comforting rich embodiment of autumn. Tasting this tea is more like settling into a blanket than anything else. The aroma of the wet leaf is a perfect combination of sweet and savory, with the traditional green bean notes of Laoshan present, but complimented by a rich lingering smell of fresh-pressed roasted sesame oil, and blackened asparagus spears just pulled from the oven.
Early infusions hit the palate with a wonderfully fresh juiciness which quickly unfolds into a rich aftertaste. The lingering flavor is that of steel-cut oatmeal simmered with fresh cream. As the oat and cream flavors meld together with the juicier sensations, the autumnal taste of baked pumpkin dominates.
Later infusions build on the baked pumpkin notes with textural notes of spice and a citrus zest, which taken together makes for a pumpkin pie taste experience. The aftertaste is as sweet and creamy as ever, suggesting perhaps vanilla ice cream slowly melting on top of the warm pie.
This is a uniquely comforting green tea. It still possesses all the fresh green flavor of our summer harvest Laoshan green, but this plays a background role. The spinach and green bean notes allow the sweet warm savory qualities to come forward. Brewed in a large mug or pot, you get the full experience of all the early and late steepings melded into one commanding flavor profile.
Try the autumn picking of the tea that Max Falkowitz of Serious Eats NY says “makes the air smell like there’s biscuits in the oven, and the brewed tea feels so buttery and creamy on the tongue that it’s almost like there’s milk right in there.”