Laoshan Green Oolong
“An incredible realization of the crisp florals of green oolong and the rich creamy soybean taste of Laoshan green, this world premiere is an entirely new contribution to the world of oolong…
This harvest is the He family’s world premiere of an entirely new category of tea. Because of He Qingqing’s lifelong friendship with Weiwei Ren, our head of Sourcing & Logistics in China, Qingqing was exposed for many years to the finest Tieguanyin in the world. Last autumn, He Qingqing alluded to her desire to try making a green oolong with her family’s rich and beany Laoshan tea leaves. We were ecstatic, and promised to buy the whole harvest. True to her word, He Qinqing hand-picked and processed every leaf this spring, despite oolong being one of the most intricately difficult and labor-intensive kinds of tea possible to produce.
The result is a stunningly unique contribution to the world of oolong. The closest comparison is the very green Wenshan Baozhong of Taiwan, which has all the chloryphyl taste of green tea but the creamy florals of oolong. The aroma of the wet leaf is an intoxicating combination of edamame and dark thick lotus flower.
The early steepings are decievingly light. The initail taste is extremely crisp and cool like cucumber, but complimented by a sweet and thick texture and aftertaste of saffron-infused honey and pineapple citrus.
Green tea flavor is certainly present, but tempered and creamy like matcha ice cream. Instead of being up front and sharp like green tea, the flavor blooms across the palate like an orchid-leaning oolong would do.
We highly recommend trying the limited batch of Laoshan oolong He Qingqing was able to craft. We certainly hope that this becomes a permanent fixture of the He family’s collection. Enjoy!