This tea comes from the Laoshan village near Qiandao. Qiandao is also spelt Tsingtao and is the site of China’s second largest brewery. This lightly twisted open leaf boasts a surprisingly intense fruity aroma. The village stands close to the sea at an altitude of only 300 meters. Here, the ocean mist is caught by the surrounding mountains giving a cool and windy micro-climate with the mist providing natural shade. The local mountain provides spring water for the brewery and is an historic Taoist Holy site. The tea bushes are kept under polythene tunnels during the winter to protect them, as Tea is not normally grown this far north. When spring comes the covers are removed and the first crop picked.