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 green 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.
What does Dragonwell taste like?
Longjing tea has a pale green, clear infusion, aromatic, toasty sweet, with a hint of astringency. This popular Chinese green tea 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.”
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 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.
Where to buy the best Dragonwell tea online?
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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 China by tea masters over many centuries. It gives the tea an inviting, toasty aroma. Our fine Dragonwell green tea also has a sweet, rounded flavor, perhaps reminiscent of freshly roasted white corn. Full, nutty and buttery texture, and pleasantly dry finish. A truly satisfying cup of tea.
Award Winning Premium Dragon Well Long Jing Green Tea
Chestnut aroma, durable infusions. Dragon Well green tea, or 'Long Jing', is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting heads of state. Apart from its delightfully sweet taste, with none of the bitterness that sometimes characterizes other green teas, Xihu Long Jing's significant difference from other green teas is the smooth flat appearance of the tea leaves. TeaVivre have selected a great example of this premium Xihu Long Jing tea.Whenever you feel upset or restless, Long Jing Tea is the perfect drink to relax and calm you.
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.
Organic Dragon Well
Organic Lung Ching - Organic Green Tea. Organic Lung Ching aka Longjing , or Organic Dragon Well tea, is the national drink of China and customarily is given to visiting heads of state. Like most other Chinese green tea, Dragon Well tea leaves are heated in a pan over open flame to end the fermentation process. This fermentation occurs during the very tedious drying process. 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!After bringing your 'Dragon Water' (or store bought mineral or filtered water) to a boil, let the water settle back down to around 180oF before steeping about 1 heaping teaspoon of tea per cup. Never steep more than 3 or 4 minutes.
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Isabelle is a freelance writer, self-taught tea nerd, and tea blending enthusiast. She is a herbalist with a strong interest in Ayurveda. Each year Isabelle travels extensively, returning with tea samples from around the world. She is a big fan of handmade teaware and Japanese green teas.