I am proud to say that this tea just got featured in Serious Eats Magazine in a write up about the unique way we go about sourcing and thinking about tea. Here is the link: http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/09/verdant-tea-organic-chinese-interview-profile.html?ref=title

This is the quote from Serious Eats Editor Max Falkowitz: “Brewing a cup of Laoshan Summer Harvest Green 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—the beverage equivalent of trying Haagen Dazs for the first time after only eating Breyers.”

Nice description Max! I will translate it for the He family when I visit them this autumn, though they may not get the cultural reference of the ice cream :)

As an aside, I found out yesterday that Mrs. He, the woman behind Laoshan Black and Laoshan Green, is going to be having a baby in just about a month. Congrats to her and her soon-to-be child. What an intense person to be out picking tea this summer through her pregnancy. Anyways, the He family is really grateful for the success that this tea and the Laoshan black have brought them. Thanks everyone.
-David

Spoonvonstup

Congratulations all around!!

potatowedges

You and the He family do good work. It’s an honor to be able to share in it.

DaisyChubb

Wow so exciting! Congrats to Mrs. He!
Also congrats to Verdant for the feature :)

Bonnie

Congratulations to the He family! And you…so proud!

Angrboda

Congratulations Mrs He! Hopefully Little He will be inspired by the environment in which he/she will grow up and continue to grow these wonderful leaves. :)

Terri HarpLady

We should all contribute & put together a basket of baby gifts to send!

Charles Thomas Draper

Mr. and Mrs. He thank you for your wonderful tea. We can taste the love you impart….

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Spoonvonstup

Congratulations all around!!

potatowedges

You and the He family do good work. It’s an honor to be able to share in it.

DaisyChubb

Wow so exciting! Congrats to Mrs. He!
Also congrats to Verdant for the feature :)

Bonnie

Congratulations to the He family! And you…so proud!

Angrboda

Congratulations Mrs He! Hopefully Little He will be inspired by the environment in which he/she will grow up and continue to grow these wonderful leaves. :)

Terri HarpLady

We should all contribute & put together a basket of baby gifts to send!

Charles Thomas Draper

Mr. and Mrs. He thank you for your wonderful tea. We can taste the love you impart….

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I fell in love with tea while doing work on classical Chinese language in China. I loved it so much that I went back for a year to research tea instead! Over a year and several summers in China I have had the chance to train in gongfu tea ceremony, and test the limits of my palate in tasting competitions. I was privileged to spend large chunks of time with farmers on their tea gardens, and was exposed to some of the smallest and most honest operations out there. It only made sense to go into business and deepen my relationship with tea and the farmers who make it with such care and humility. Now I own a small, but unique tea business importing the best teas that my farmer friends in China have to offer. Some of these teas are from regions that have never exported before. All of them have a story.

I will review teas on Steepster, because I think this is an awesome site, and a great community, but I won’t give them a numerical rating, as I don’t want to skew the system. I am having a great time here, and look forward to meeting more tea folk.

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