Great tea comes from wonderful people.
Meet the He Family: our oldest partner tea farmers and our first friends in tea. We’ve carried their classic Laoshan Greeen and Laoshan Black teas since we first started importing tea years ago - now, we’re happy and proud to share every tea the He Family produces on their 15 acre farm in Laoshan Village.
Read on for the full story on our partnership!
The ultimate Green Tea Ice Cream is now available in the Twin Cities for a limited time. Our good friends at Sweet Science Ice Cream have used the He Family's 2014 Spring Harvest Laoshan Green to create: Laoshan Green Tea Ice Cream!
If you’re anywhere near Minneapolis or St. Paul, you’ve got to come in to our Verdant Tea Bar & Tasting Room for a pint or three before we eat this all up
In our cups today, Wang Yanxin's innovation Spring 2014 Yu Lu Yan Cha black tea! This revolutionary new tea (this is only the third time it’s ever been produced) takes fresh Spring leaves from Henan province and finishes them as a black tea in Laoshan Village, according to traditional (Yunnan) methods.
Packing up tins and bags of this Spring black tea, the whole tea house smells like baked cookies or malty chocolate chip brownies - we couldn’t resist brewing up a gaiwan of our very own.
About Yu Lu Yan Cha:
Fresh young Xinyang Maojian leaves are traditionally oxidized over three days and roasted by Wang Yanxin herself in Laoshan Village as a black tea. The Spring harvest of this ingenious tea finds the perfect balance of chocolate notes, honey, and silky smooth texture. Closest to a fine Jin Jun Mei in profile, this collaborative tea continues to prove that the world of tea is still young with room for innovation everywhere.
The name Yu Lu Yan Cha Black comes from the ancient names of Henan and Shandong province. Yu is Henan, and Lu is Shandong. To commemorate this landmark cooperative tea producing effort, Yu Lu is added to the tea name. Yan is the first part of Wang Yanxin’s name, honoring her innovation in creating this new tea.
This tea met with such great success last season, Wang Yanxin was able to partner with her friends in Henan for a much larger Spring edition. We are pleased to offer the entire 100 pound Spring harvest from Wang Yanxin, and pleased to finance the experiment through buying up the results.
Flavor Notes: sweet potato, cream, honey, malt, citrus, cocoa
Earl Grey is a classic pairing of bright citrus and rich malty black tea.
We’ve engineered our new Earl Grey to stay balanced, showing off the subtle nuance of its fine base teas while providing a refreshing tasting experience: hot, iced, and with or without cream and sugar.
We start with our most popular tea, Laoshan Black for a chocolatey base, and build a crisp flavor with Yu Lu Yan Cha and a long sweet aftertaste with roasted Wuyi Oolong from the Li family. We accent the sweet richness of the teas and meld them together with a touch of vanilla, and finish with the fine organic bergamot oil. The result is decadent, creamy, rich and subtle.
Flavor notes: malt, bergamot, citrus, chocolate, honey
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Laoshan Black is back, friends!
The He Family's experimental black tea has won over hundreds of hearts since we starting sharing it just a few years ago - we're so happy to be able to offer their Spring harvest of Laoshan Black to you again on their behalf this season.
Flavor Notes: chocolate, malt, citrus, cream, honey
Golden Fleece is almost legendary - the first time we brought in this wild-picked Yunnan Black tea, it sold out completely in less than two hours.
Since then, we’ve worked to bring in as much as we can with each season. Though difficult to source and very limited in quantity, this tea is so beautiful and stunning, we feel morally compelled to share it with you whenever we can.
The majority of the 2014 Spring Harvest has already been sold through pre-orders. If you want to try this exquisite Dian Hong, do not wait to order. Every harvest is unique, and this Spring’s harvest is only available while supplies last.
Flavor Notes: silky, creamy, full-bodied, tingling citrus orange, cinnamon by the bucketful, caramelized yunnan mushrooms, sweet potato cream whipped
One year ago today - July 1st 2013 - we opened the doors of our Minneapolis tea house and welcomed in new friends and neighbors.
For everyone who has joined us on our journey this past year: thank you!
There are so many exciting things ahead of us - transforming our space a little at a time, redesigning our menus and packaging, taking our mixology to the next level with mocktails and full dinner menus.
As we gear up for year two, we hope that you will stop in any time you have the chance, see what we are up to, and leaves us your advice on what you would like to see in our community space.
The He Family’s first picking Spring teas have arrived, and we have been drinking them every day! Whether we’re drinking green tea that’s floating free in a tempered glass tumbler or leading a formal gong fu tea tasting at our tea house in Minneapolis, we’ve come to understand each unique harvest more deeply when we have the opportunity to taste these fine Spring teas back-to-back.
That’s why we pulled together this simple chart that maps taste, texture, aroma and aftertaste for the He Family’s unoxidized first picking Spring teas: Flat Pressed Laoshan Green, First Picking Laoshan Green, Laoshan Bilochun Green and (just for fun!) Laoshan Green Oolong.
All of these teas were picked within a few days of each other. All were picked from the same tea bushes by the He Family on their 15 acre tea farm in Laoshan Village. The biggest difference between each tea is simply processing style. Taste and compare them for yourself, then fill out your own tasting notes to discover your favorites.
Today’s tea tasting features a special guest: Loki the Tea Cat!
We brewed up the Li Family’s Spring 2014 Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe in two of our dedicated yixing tea pots as Loki enjoyed the show.
Brewing in two yixing pots really brings this tea’s deep hazelnut and caramel flavors forward, letting the juicer guava, watercress and bright vanilla notes play across the top of the sip.