6 Smooth And Satisfying Dragonwell Teas For Any Green Tea Lover

Last updated: August 24, 2020 at 9:07 am

What is Dragonwell green tea?

Dragonwell tea, or Longjing (Long Jing), is a premium Chinese green tea native to the northern part of Zhejiang Province. This highly prized green tea is known equally for its soft, subtle aroma and its distinctively flattened leaves. The latter is a consequence of masterful pan-firing, a process that Dragonwell tea has been subjected to throughout the centuries of its existence.

Xihu Longjing: a living legend

Today, the term Dragonwell tea or Xihu Longjing applies to any tea grown within the Xihu District. But a few centuries ago, only 18 tea bushes were tasked with producing “real” Longjing! The legend goes that the Qianglong Emperor sampled some local tea when he visited the Hu Gong Temple at the foot of the Lion Peak Mountain. And he was so impressed that he conferred special imperial status to the 18 tea bushes in front of the temple. The legend doesn’t end there – those original 18 tea trees are known to be around even today. Their harvests are no longer reserved for imperial use, but they fetch prices more than their weight in gold at annual auctions. Thankfully, good-quality Xihu Longjing grows abundantly in the region and is well within reach of the average tea drinker.

Tasting notes in reviews

Longjing tea has a pale green, clear infusion, aromatic, toasty sweet, with a hint of astringency. Dragonwell brings to your cup the inviting, toasty flavor of chestnuts and firewood, together with a light grassy aroma and a pleasant velvety texture. Seasoned Longjing drinkers swear by its “irresistibly heady aroma“, so beautifully complemented by “a lingering aftertaste of honey”.

Tea tips

When buying Dragonwell tea, pay attention to the following details:

  • Origin. Authentic Dragonwell tea is traditionally handmade in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
  • The shape of leaves. Quality Longjing tea will have delicate, smooth, shiny leaves that are perfectly flattened along their inner veins.
  • Time of harvesting. The finest Longjing is “pre-ming tea” harvested before Qing Ming Day, which falls on either April 4th or 5th.
Organic Dragon Well

Organic Dragon Well

As with a few other California Tea House teas, our Organic Dragon Well tea is best brewed in mineral water. Chinese folklore tells a story of rain water staying at the surface of well water due to its ability to fly. This 'floating water' sometimes creates a twisting serpentine form in the well that resembles a dragon. Brew your tea in this perfect water for the perfect cup, hence the name 'Dragon Well'. Good luck catching 'dragon water', but some of our customers do eat the leaves of Dragon Well after steeping. They can't get enough! Buy Organic Dragon Well with our 100% satisfaction guarantee!
best value
Dragonwell Tea Organic

Dragonwell Tea Organic

This tea has a very distinctive shape: smooth and perfectly flattened along the inside vein of the leaf, the result of highly skilled shaping in a hot wok. This process, known as pan-firing or pan-frying, was perfected in China by tea masters over the centuries and gives the tea an inviting, toasty aroma. Its sweet, rounded flavor with nuances of roasted chestnut makes this a truly satisfying cup of tea. It’s especially refreshing when sipped throughout the day.
Dragonwell Tea

Dragonwell Tea

Legend holds that a drought was remedied when a monk summoned a dragon that brought rains to fill the village well. To this day, the well nourishes the meadow of Zhejiang, near China's West Lake, where this dew-drenched green tea is cultivated each spring. Prized for its unique, flat, sword-shaped leaves and jade green color, this special tea exhibits a fresh, clean aroma and gentle, mellow flavor.
Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea

This Premium grade Dragon Well Green Tea is from XiHu area, which is famed in China for producing the best Long Jing teas, and is in an area with a mix of mountains, forests, small creeks and quality tea gardens. The Long Jing Village Tea Garden is located in the Xihu (“West Lake”) area and is the place of origin of Xihu Long Jing tea. The tea producers in this area strongly recognize the importance of the local ecosystem to their tea, and work hard to preserve both the local tea culture and the natural environment.
Dragon Well Green Tea

Dragon Well Green Tea

A sweet and refreshing green tea from China. Sometimes known by its Chinese name, Longjing, dragonwell tea is an ancient variety of green tea as colorful as its name. It is well known for its toasty aroma and flavorful sweetness.
Dragonwell

Dragonwell

Dragonwell (Lung Ching or Longjing in local parlance) is one of China's most famous green teas, originating from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province. This tea has a very distinctive shape: smooth and perfectly flattened along the inside vein of the leaf, the result of highly skilled shaping in a hot wok. This process, known as pan-firing or pan-frying, was perfected in..

More tea, please

Show next
Mad Tea Club