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. Tea was harvested April 2020. Lot#1.
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 taste qualities that are enlivening. 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.
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. It is grown on a farm in Shen Zhou county, outside Hangzhou and processed at a local factory that specializes in Dragon Well. The leaves for this lot were harvested the second week of April 2020 (Gu Yu pick).
An early season pluck, the leaves are high in amino acids contributing to its savory flavor; one will note a fresh green edge openng to a refreshing & 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.
Use 3 grams (a round teaspoon or tblspn) for up 7-8 ounces of water. Perhaps 4 to 5 grams (one tblspn) 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.