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Dragon Well - 1st Grade


In our annual search for our highest grade of Dragon Well, we apply 3 criteria:  appearance - looking for consistency in leaf size, shape and coloration; aroma - vegetal sweetness and clean; and, finally, taste - we cup the leaves, release its flavors, then taste and with good fortune, we find one of China's true gifts of spring. A "famous tea", our "Long Jing" is artisan crafted, made with a first-grade leaf; one will note its consistent "feather-shaped" size and golden-jade appearance, both characteristic of this prized green varietal.  The leaf is hand processed in a wok accentuating its sweet, nutty notes.  This lot has a robust, offering a natural sweetness with only a hint of underlying astringency.   Tea was harvested in April 2018.   Lot # 8-1.  

Why we selected this lot: A signature spring tea, we look for a Dragon Well that brings unusual aromas and flavors to the cup.  Our source is a small factory that specializes in Dragon Well production.  Their teas are made from a local varietal offering taste qualities we find distinctive in the marketplace.   This lot provides a fresh, vibrant taste when cupped - full-bodied, pleasantly vegetal and sweet yet with well-crafted green tea edge.  The tension between initial leaf sweetness and an underlying hint of astringency signaled a well-crafted tea.  Aroma is vegetal, sweet and nutty.  This Dragon Well offers an enduring taste.   

Interesting facts about our selection: Long Jing is known for 4 qualities: its 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 about 30 kilometers outside Hangzhou (the location of the world famous Westlake and its surrounding area of Dragon Well producing tea farms)  and processed at a local factory that specializes in Dragon Well. Their teas are sold only in China. The leaves for this lot were harvested the second week of April 2018 (Gu Yu pick).    
Taste profile: It will cup to sweet and nutty liquor with chestnut overtones, while enlivening the palate with just a hint of green tea astringency. Note the mouth feel is sweet and enlivening with some very slight puckering. The aftertaste is sweet.

Brewing suggestions: Use 3 grams for up to 8 ounces of water. Perhaps 4-5 grams with 12 ounces of spring water and certainly filtered if the tap water is treated. We recommend a brief steeping, 1 to 1.5 minutes, 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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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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Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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