Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

Enlivening vegetal & nutty flavors

Our first grade Dragon Well is harvested in the "before the rain" period of April. In our search for this prized tea, we apply 3 criteria: consistency in leaf size, shape, and coloration; aroma - fresh and vegetal; taste - nutty with a sweet finish. One of China's "Famous teas", it was long a treasured gift to emperors. Our "Long Jing" is crafted with first-grade leaves and pan-fired to a flavor profile offering crisp, fresh notes and a nuanced finish. 

Lot Notes. A signature spring tea, we look for a Dragon Well bringing distinctive flavors to the cup. Our source is a small factory in Shen Zhou County, outside Hangzhou specializing in Dragon Well production. Made from a local cultivar, the leaves have developed distinctive, enlivening taste qualities. Wok-fired leaves open to fresh, pleasantly vegetal flavors with a well-crafted green-tea edge. This tension between sweetness and an underlying hint of astringency attests to the skill of the teamaker. Aroma is decidedly vegetal and nutty. 
Tea Facts. Long Jing is known for 4 qualities: singular shape, jade-like color, toasty-vegetative aromas, and naturally sweet flavors. This is a small production lot representing one day's harvest. The leaves for this lot were harvested the second week of April 2021 (Gu Yu pick). Lot #1.
Tasting Notes. An early season pluck, the leaves are high in amino acids contributing to its savory flavor. One will note a fresh green leaf, uniform in size, opening to a smooth & lingering sweetness. Cups to a nutty liquor with chestnut overtones. Note the mouth feel is sweet yet offering some natural puckering. The aftertaste is balanced, ending in sweet and vegetal flavors. 

Brewing Suggestions. Use 3 grams (a round teaspoon or tbsp.) for 8 ounces of water. Perhaps 4 to 5 grams (one tbsp.) for 12 ounces of water. It is important your water is either spring in origin or, at least, filtered. We recommend a brief steeping, 1.5 minutes to 2 minutes max to enjoy the subtle qualities of the leaf. Optimum water temperature is between 175 to 195°. The leaves will yield 3 steeps.

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  • 5
    Pure Taste

    Posted by Yeh Tung on 15th Sep 2021

    Pure tasting. As refreshing as a drink from the Dragon Well.

  • 5
    Dragon Well First Grade, you will notice the difference

    Posted by Marc Morgan on 11th Dec 2020

    Although it is a bit more expensive, I can definitely notice the difference between the first grade dragon well tea and other types of dragon well (I tried both the organic and regular grade). The tea leaves are more bright green and are definitely more carefully picked. Hardly any broken leaves and no stems are present. The taste is more delicate than the other grades as well. I would recommend trying this tea out for those who enjoy dragon well.

  • 4
    Dragonwell-Long Jing-First Grade

    Posted by Deren Ross on 14th Feb 2020

    Great tea! I've been a customer for several years and I've always found SRT to offer excellent quality tea. The Dragonwell-Long Jing - First Grade is my all-time favorite green tea.

  • 5
    Dagon Well-Long Jing-First Grade

    Posted by Ron Reagan on 8th Jan 2020

    Love the tea. Excellent

  • 5
    Great Tea

    Posted by Barbara C. on 16th May 2019

    I am a lover of Dragon Well and brew a small pot every day. I love this one and think it's one of the best - buttery and smooth with a hint of nuts. Perfect.

  • 5
    Spectacular Tea

    Posted by Barbara C. on 7th May 2019

    Dragonwell is my favorite green tea and this one is among the very best I've tasted. It is so smooth and buttery with a hit of nutty flavor and a long finish. It is a real treat to make a small pot, sit back and savor. Highly recommended!