He Family 2020 Spring Laoshan Green Tea Review

I received this tea as in a 5 gram sample packet from Verdant Tea.

Tea Specifications

Brand: Verdant Tea / He Family
Tea: Laoshan Green Tea
Tea Varietal: Longjing Qunti
Vintage: Spring, 2020
Elevation: Sea Level
Origin: Laoshan, China

Laoshan green tea has been growing in popularity lately, but I’m not really sure why, as they don’t have a high elevation level or any of the other growing conditions speculated to be best for growing tea.

Obviously this isn’t the freshest green tea, as it’s already a year past the harvest date, but that won’t deter me from tasting this tea.

The leaves look very small and immature, so I believe this tea is from young plantation bushes.

Review

I put 5 grams of tea into a small glass pitcher using spring water.

After brewing, the tea was filtered through a stainless steel mesh strainer.

I washed the tea for 10 seconds and discarded the rinse.

First Steep

Steeped for 30 seconds.

It’s tastes sweet, and you can almost tell it’s of the longjing cultivar, but honestly, it’s a a bit tart, bitter, and astringent. I wouldn’t want to add honey or anything, because it’s sweet enough, but I am not sure if I would consider this to be a high-end tea.

I could see some people appreciating those qualities, but I would expect it to be smoother at this price point.

The tea has a general sweetness with notes of grass, green bean, cucumber, vanilla, and pine.

Second Steep

Steeped for 40 seconds.

This steep is even more bitter then the first steep.

Third Steep

Steeped for 50 seconds.

The tea has a good taste, but it’s still more astringent then I remember my past longjing tea experiences being. I don’t mean to be to critical, because this is a good tasting tea, but there is a lot of competition in the tea market.

The flavor notes are nice though, and it has a full sense of minerality, which is enjoyable.

Conclusion

Good tea – but in my opinion, it’s a little overpriced.

You could probably find a higher quality tea for the same cost.

But that being said, taste is subjective.

Some people do prefer bitter green tea, but I believe most people prefer it to be a little smoother.

1 Comment
  1. First off, I steeped the tea for aproximately 10 seconds. It was delicious and sweet with a touch of the savory, just right. Also a touch of pungency. Second steep was about 14 seconds. It was not quite as sweet, which is to be expected, but still somewhat sweet, with the slight bit of savory and pungency a little bit more. the third steep was around 16-20 seconds, not quite as powerful, but still tasty and just a very slight bit of astringency. My verdict is that this is an excellent tea. I can’t compare it with any other, however. But I think you steeped it way too long. Of course, I do not like bitter or astringent tea and also these things are a matter of taste. But I give it a good grade, maybe A-, at worst B+.

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