Dragon Well (Lung Ching)
Dragon Well, in all its various grades, is known for 4 characteristics: a jade-like color, vegetative aroma, chestnut-like flavor and a feather-like shape. It is perhaps the best known of the Chinese teas. Our Lung Ching is a standard grade showing fresh green coloration, hints of golden yellow and leaves of varying sizes. It is grown in the Hangzhou area, harvested in mid-April, in a township well-known for its production which is consumed in the domestic market. To gain its classic leaf shape, the leaves are firmly pressed with the heal of the hand against the surface of the roasting wok. This firing process, using just a small amount of tea oil, results in a rich-green leaf color that is tinged with a yellow-gold color. Lot # S-66.
Why we selected this particular lot. Each year in the second week of April, we travel to a local factory for our annual Dragon Well tea tasting. As the factory specializes in Long Jing, they work toward a standard year-to-year in their tea. The taste profile tilts toward what the domestic China market enjoys and we have come to appreciate that profile as well. This lot is fresh, the firing was even handed, not too high and the resulting taste is crisp, somewhat nutty with a long finish. There is nice tension between sweet and astringent notes in this tea.
Tasting notes. The aroma is vegetative and sweet. Steeped for 2-3 minutes, the cup color is green-yellow reflective of the strength of the leaf. The taste is clearly vegetal with a nice flavor of chestnuts that will warm. It has a nice long finish.
Brewing suggestions. Given its quality, we recommend using 3 grams of leaf per 8-12 ounces of water. Steep with water temperature of 175-185 degrees F.; steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Longer steep times will yield a stronger cup taste, more flavors with some increase in the tea's astringency or "bite". Drain the leaves, leave them dry and save them for additional steeps.
Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.
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To be consumed throughout the day, as a social beverage offered to guests as a sign of respect, appreciated as a source for health.
Each leaf is fired in a wok by skilled, calloused hands pressing the leaf to its characteristic shape.
Posted by Ed on 28th Aug 2016
Been drinking Dragonwell since we visited China in 2008. Only reason it's not 5 star is because we can't afford the top grade which we know is 5 star. So maybe we are drinking 4 star at less than half the price.
Great everyday green tea
Posted by Ai R. on 28th Jun 2016
Fresh grassy greens taste that isn't unpleasant. Lovely golden green tint. The leaves opened up beautifully in my tea pot, couldn't stop admiring and smelling them. I'm considering using the left over leaves (after the second steep) for warm baths or compost.
Are you a tea snob?
Posted by Ed Fernandez on 3rd Jun 2015
Unless you want to brag about the price of your tea or have van unbelievably discerning palate, this tea is indistinguishable from the so called First Grade....in my personal opinion
A Positive Surprise
Posted by Fernandez on 8th Aug 2014
While waiting for our regular Lung Ching to arrive we ordered this as an alternative. Pleasantly different and a light true "nutty" flavor.
Posted by Matthew Henze on 2nd Jul 2014
Has a great rich and strong nutty taste