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China Shandong Laoshan Black Tea


A smooth and sweet tasting black tea with hints of cacao.

Produced by 42 year old Dong Tao on his family farm alongside his wife Wang Yin. Dong Tao has been producing tea for the last two decades and began his tea apprenticeship even earlier, planting tea bushes for his father.

What sets Dong Tao's teas apart from others in Laoshan, is that he has decided to leave his tea plants fully exposed to the elements year round so they can go through the traditional cycle of alternating temperatures during the winter and summer. Tea bushes experiencing the tough Laoshan winter is part of what gives Laoshan tea its uniqueness.

Tea from Laoshan is gaining very rapidly in reputation due to it's unique characteristics gained as a result of being grown at a higher latitude than any other tea within China. The high latitude makes it all the more difficult for the tea plants to grow which gives the tea a full and complex taste which is typically only found from high elevation teas which undergo similar strains.

Sourced direct from a friend of Dong Tao.

Tasting Notes:
- Smooth taste
- Sweet with cacao hints

Harvest: Spring, May 2019

Origin: Dong Tao's Farm, Laoshan, Shandong Province, China
Altitude: Sea level
Farmer: Dong Tao
Tea Variety: Sinensis
Cultivar: Longjing No.43
Sourced: Direct from a friend of the farmer

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 90°C/194°F
- Use 1-2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 2-3 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

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